“The act of parachuting, which involves throwing oneself into space is not a natural act. The parachute is a means of transport and many use this vehicle every day. Through professional and proper training by Chute Systems it becomes a simple and normal performance and not a daring stunt.” Chute Systems is a World Leader in the Training of Military Personnel in Parachuting.


Military free fall parachuting is a technique by which the parachutist jumps from a high altitude, completely free from the aircraft and falls for a predetermined time or distance before the canopy is deployed. The parachute is activated manually, which can be backed up by an automatic activation device, set for a specified altitude. The use of a steerable canopy allows the parachutist to maneuver and land very softly with great accuracy. The Military Basic Free Fall course is one of the several advance skills training courses offered by Chute Systems. Military Free Fall is considered to be one of the military’s most demanding and potentially hazardous courses. Learners attending the Basic Free Fall Course must be physically fit, highly motivated, and a true professional.

The Basic Military Freefall Course consists out of a 5 week training program. The main objective is to qualify military free fall parachutists. This 5 week training program includes 1 week of ground school training and packing of free fall parachutes. Learners will then start with practical jumping during the last 4 weeks of the course. The learners need to complete the free fall training program that includes falling stable in the free fall position and to do all different free fall maneuvers like half series, spins and tracks. The jumps will also include basic body stabilization, basic aircraft procedures, combat equipment and night descents.

Military Free Faller “Exiting” from an Y12 Aircraft


This Free Fall Training Program is a 2 week training package allowing Special Forces Groups the ability to train and sustain a Military Free Fall capability on a regularly scheduled basis. This Free Fall program is intended to sustain proficiency prior to combat operations. All training emphasis will be focused on canopy control skills, night jumps, combat equipment and team jumps. Teams will receive currency training from a Chute Systems Military Free Fall Instructor on all advanced military free fall techniques. The jumps will also include advanced aircraft procedures to include individual exits with combat equipment, mass exits, grouping exercises and night operations. This training program will also be a pre-requisite for High Altitude Operations (HAHO and HALO).

Military Free Faller with combat equipment


HAHO & HALO are most commonly used by Special Forces units for covert operations behind enemy lines. The high altitude is usually above 25 000ft above sea level. The jumpers must have oxygen (13000 feet above sea level), respirators and protective clothing in order to survive. The advantage is that the jumpers should be able to land undetected on smaller Drop Zones (DZs). This course is also presented by Chute Systems and the duration is 4 weeks. All the aircraft drills and oxygen procedures will be done in week 1. All different jumps (HALO & HAHO) will be done in the last 3 weeks. Students will do a total of 20 jumps. These jumps will include night jumps and combat equipment jumps.

HAHO (High Altitude Low Opening) is used to drop parachutists at high altitude to allow them to glide in to the landing zone. The jumpers are equipped with specialized square parachutes that are highly steerable with good forward speed. This type of jump allows the paratrooper to glide in to their landing area, often for some distance. (Up to 40km) This type of jumping requires good navigational skills and knowledge of wind and atmospheric conditions. It allows the aircraft to fly outside enemy airspace and insert them without the enemy hearing them.

HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) requires that the aircraft flies closer to the landing zone although at a high altitude (usually above 25 000ft.). These jumpers will then freefall at a relatively high speed towards the landing zone. By pulling the ripcord and deploying their parachute between 3000-5000 feet above ground level, this technique helps the jumpers to make a near silent insertion – avoid radar systems etc. and provide them with minimum exposure until the very last minute.



Chute Systems can cover all aspects of military freefall parachuting training. All our Instructors are Ex South African Paratroopers and Special Forces Operators with more than 200 years of experience between us. Our Instructors have passion for Altitude, Adrenalin, Adventure and Parachuting.


Chute Systems will be exhibiting during the bi-annual Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition over the period 19 to 23 September 2012 at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion, South Africa. We will be exhibiting in Hanger nr 2, Stand 2C51 and everyone is invited to come and meet the owners and instructors personally and to discuss your training and parachute equipment requirements.

Contact details:

Douw Raimondo (Co-owner of Chute Systems)

Mobile: +27 79 894 5161 (South Africa)

Mobile: +264 85 588 8672 (Namibia)

Fax 2 Mail: 0866535026

Email: [email protected]

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