Mass Tactical Canopy (T-11) Personnel Parachute System
Santa Ana,CA - 1 March, 2008
The T-11 parachute system is the first wholesale modernization of the U.S. Army's tactical parachute system since the 1950s. It includes a completely redesigned main and reserve parachute and an integrated harness system.
It enables a stable, low rate of descent to reduce landing injuries while allowing parachutists to carry heavier loads. The main canopy is a highly modified version of a cross-cruciform platform that has a 14 percent larger inflated diameter and a 28 percent larger surface area compared to the predecessor T-I0D canopy.
The reserve canopy is a derivative of the proven British low-level parachute aeroconical design that promotes fast opening of the reserve system during low-speed malfunctions. It also features an Omnidirectional, center-pull deployment system. The T-11 harness is designed to displace opening shock forces of the reserve parachute across the length of the jumper's body because of higher placement of the D-rings.
The T-11 is designed to have an average rate of descent of 18 feet per second for 95 percent of the body weight spectrum, compared to 22 feet per second with the T-I0D. The system's weight is 52.7 pounds. The main canopy has a 30.6-foot diameter at the hem, and the reserve canopy has a 24-£00t normal diameter. The T-ll is undergoing operational testing.