Russian paratroopers performed the world's first Arctic jump from 10,000 meters. The jump was made in the harsh Arctic in the area of the Franz Josef Land archipelago and coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Airborne Forces, announced 'Group 99'.
The Group reported the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Yunus-Bek Evkurov who said: “Today, for the first time in world history, we conducted a group landing of personnel on special parachute systems in arctic conditions from a height of 10,000 meters using oxygen equipment and the subsequent completion of combat training missions. Nobody has done such a thing before us.”
"As part of performing the world’s first ever high-altitude jump into the territory of the Arctic, special combat outfits developed by Group 99 for Arctic conditions were included in the paratroopers’ gear," said the 'Group 99' in its statement.
The experience gained during this historic air jump will be utilised for further use by the Russian troops operating in the Arctic, the statement concluded.
'Group 99' is part of the Kalashnikov arms manufacturer under the state corporation Rostec.
Source - Group 99