07-22-2008, 02:19 PM
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German Shepherds trained to parachute with SAS troops
A team of dogs is being trained to accompany SAS troops on parachute missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has been reported.
By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 1:52PM BST 21 Jul 2008
Trained dogs are already in use by troops fighting in Afghanistan Photo: JULIAN SIMMONDS
It is thought the German Shepherds are being taught to jump from aircraft at 25,000ft, strapped to members of special forces assault teams.
With tiny cameras fixed to their heads, the animals will be sent in before their human partners to hunt for Taliban or insurgent hideouts.
The cameras will beam live images back to the troops as the dogs penetrate behind enemy lines and warn of ambushes.
According to The Sun, the dogs will be trained to accompany soldiers on what are called 'High Altitude High Opening' parachute jumps, after which they may have to travel 20 miles to their targets.
It is hoped the technique will reduce the level of danger to SAS soldiers, three of whom have been shot dead during raids in Iraq in two years.
At least eight have been seriously wounded.
An SAS source told the newspaper: "The dogs will be exposed to very high levels of danger on these operations and you never know what's going to be behind a door. Nobody wants to see the dogs get killed but if it's their life or a man's it is obvious which the CO would prefer."
The elite American unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force, has pioneered the parachute technique from heights over 20,000ft and its instructors have reportedly been sent over to 22 SAS headquarters in Hereford.
The Ministry of Defence refused to comment.
Dogs were first trained to parachute in the Second World War but have never before jumped from such high altitudes.
The story of Rob the SAS dog, a celebrated collie said to have completed at least 20 parachute jumps, was exposed as a hoax in 2006.
Parachutes for the 'dogs of war'
The German Shepherds will be sent to countries like Afghanistan
The British Army is preparing to parachute dogs into some of the most dangerous war zones in the world.
An undisclosed number of German Shepherds are being trained to jump out of airplanes at 25,000 feet.
They will be strapped to members of the SAS, fitted with oxygen masks and will be sent to countries like Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defence has not revealed what tasks they will perform but it is thought they may be used to sniff out explosives.
They may also prove useful for searching confined spaces.
BBC defence correspondent Paul Adams said dogs were first parachuted into combat zones as early as World War II, but that these dogs will be a breed apart.
'Para dogs' to take on Taliban
21 Jul 2008, 2337 hrs IST,PTI
LONDON: Para dogs are set to take on Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan as British commanders seek to cut their soaring casualty rates in the restive country.
Fearless German Shepherds are being trained by the British special forces to jump from aircraft at 25,000 feet to fight the Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
After being parachuted in hostile terrain in Afghanistan, the dogs will lead the assault in SAS raids to seek out Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents.
The dogs will be used in a highly-skilled technique called "High Altitude High Opening", jumping as much as 32 kilometres from their targets and gliding towards them for up to 30 minutes.
The canine, with tiny cameras fixed to their heads, will beam live TV pictures back to the troops, warning of ambushes or showing enemy leaders locations, the Sun of Britain reported on Monday. The amazing tactic has been devised to cut down the soaring casualty rates in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"The dogs will be exposed to very high levels of danger on these operations and you never know what's going to be behind a door. Nobody wants to see the dogs get killed but if its their life or a mans it is obvious which the CO would prefer, an SAS source said.
America's most elite unit the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force, has pioneered the skills for jumping with dogs from heights over 20,000ft and its instructors have been sent over to 22 SAS headquarters in Hereford.
Dogs were first trained to parachute in the World War II by the British on rescue missions. But they have never jumped from high altitude, the best way for small groups of men to get behind enemy lines undetected. The dogs will have big advantages over soldiers in as they arouse less suspicion approaching targets and can sniff out booby-trap explosives.
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