Army’s airborne operations get upgrade with HARIBON parachutes

The Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) SFR(A) got an upgrade with PA Maneuverable Canopy Model 1 HARIBON parachutes.

The Philippine Army said HARIBON parachutes, named after Philippine Eagle (Haring Ibon), were officially given to the regiment early this year.

“The HARIBON Technical Working Group developed and designed the specifications of the HARIBON parachutes that included an Automatic Activation Device for the reserve parachute of the first ever PA customized HARIBON parachute,” the Army said.

The Philippine Army noted that “the HARIBON parachutes took its inaugural flight on March 13, 2021 and April 5 to 9, 2021 in Fort Magsaysay.”

“Initially in 2016, SFR(A) pushed for the inclusion of the Special Forces Airborne Operations and Riverine Operations Capability Development Program. It eventually made its way to the list of 19 programs under the Capability Upgrade Program of the PA intended to support the Army’s vision of becoming a world-class Army,” the Army said.

“The Aerodyne and Zodiac Aerospace Parachute Industries of South Africa supplied the HARIBON parachutes after winning the bid. 500 more parachutes are due to arrive to further develop the Philippine Army’s airborne operation capabilities,” it added.

“With intensified capabilities, the HARIBON parachutes further enable the Special Forces troopers and other trained personnel to perform infiltration from air as part of their mandate in national security. Equipped with additional competencies in unconventional or asymmetric operations, the Special Forces troopers are now more geared to perform as a quick reaction force that can be deployed from air, anytime and anywhere,” the Philippine Army explained.