Whether it’s a two-legged human or a four-legged pup, a soldier needs to undergo training and pass specific tests to become certified for operations.
This German Shepherd dog named Ding Dang recently completed its tasks and is now a paratrooper of the People’s Liberation Army in China. The courageous canine is currently serving in the Airborne Corps of PLA Air Force.
As part of its training to become a paratrooper, the service dog had to take part in a tandem skydive session with its handler. Chinese state media recently covered paratrooper Wang Zhong and Ding Dang’s first jump together. Footage from CCTV Military showed Ding Dang taking part in the death-defying mission while strapped and harnessed securely to its trainer.
Wang Zhong jumped out of the plane with the brave service dog attached to his chest. Both human and canine free-fell thousands of feet down from the sky before the handler opened up their parachute. The man used his buttocks to break the fall as they descended and landed safely in an airforce military base.
Ding Dang remained incredibly calm throughout the whole process while it had its eyes covered and muzzle wrapped. Wang Zhong told the South China Morning Post that he made a special suit for Ding Dang. When he designed the equipment, the handler put a lot of thought into it and considered every detail.
Wang Zhong wanted the dog to feel comfortable during the parachute opening and the landing. He made sure that the special suit would distribute every force and impact across the dog’s body in a reasonable way. The canine also received special training before taking part in the skydiving mission.
Wang Zhong and Ding Dang completed several mock skydive sessions so the dog could get used to the height and noise. The pair used a high bar and trained in swinging to let Ding Dang become familiar with the movements that jumpers feel in the sky. The handler also trained the dog in paratrooper landing techniques. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army hoped that training canines and deploying them with human paratroopers could improve their combat abilities.
Source: South China Morning Post via YouTube