equipment, or utilizing a new procedure, will be the troopers assigned to the directorate before any operational testing by a regular airborne unit.
The directorate's Military Free-Fall Section tests numerous state-of-the-art components and procedures directly related to special operations forces infiltration and exfiltration requirements to meet both present day immediate operational needs and those of the future. These tests directly impact current and future special operations forces doctrine and deployment capabilities.
"Testing without documentation or measurement is opinion" according to the professionals in the Instrumentation Division. From a ground-based, high-tech video tracking system, to aerial photography from fixed or rotary wing aircraft, every possible visual action from exit to ground recovery is recorded.
The Electronics Branch uses state-of-the-art instrumentation placed on test jumpers or test loads to indicate and record specific test data as directed by the test officers. Data includes G-force opening shock load, heavy drop load force transfer, pitch-roll-yaw, and time-coded positional data.
The directorate has the critical responsibility to provide dynamic, responsive, and quality testing in order to meet the needs of the airborne and special operations communities.