British Low Level Parachute (LLP)

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Used by sub units of 1 PARA (1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment) during an operational drop in Afghanistan, 2010. Enables a minimum dropping height of 250' (76 metres). Introduced in the early 1990s, replacing the PX Mk4 - the last of the X-Type parachutes.
Now available to collectors legitimately, though usually in bits. This author has bought on eBay all parts less canopy and rigging lines for assembling 100% authentic display LLPs usable as film props. (Canopies are always available on eBay - but not necessary in a packed display 'chute)
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: A complete harness will have a DZ Bag permanently attached by a nylon strap. This bag is for carrying the whole parachute once the parachutist has landed. Unless you know exactly how to fold it, it'll usually be difficult fitting it into its carriage pocket on the side of the parachute pack.
There are 2x pairs of "D Rings" on the chest: the upper pair are for the reserve parachute (initially PR7, later LLRP), the lower pair for the parachutist's personal equipment container (CSPEP). After exiting, the container is released from the harness to drop and hang at the end of a suspension rope.
There is also a "Jettison Handle": this is an orange marked strap at the right hip. This allows the CSPEP to be entirely jettisoned in case of an approaching problematic landing: this jettison handle is pulled and released and the container falls away to the ground.
NOTE: A complete harness will still require additional components if it's to be displayed to look like a usable parachute.
1) You will need the "Deployment Bag" (aka "Inner Pack") with it's yellow static line and hook. This is a one-piece affair but Deployment Bags are usually intentionally damaged before release by the MoD. For non-jump use, you could sew a training hook to the end of the cut static line - if you can obtain one from a hook assembly. The inner pack will enable you to convincingly stuff the parachute pack - and the yellow static line and hook will create a very distinct "V" when viewed from behind.
2) A complete harness does NOT include Risers. These are the straps that attach to the front of the harness at the shoulder with the other end connecting to the rigging lines. Those weird, dangly alloy mechanisms at the shoulders of the harness are known as "Capewells" (NOT "Bakewell" or "Cakewell"!) Capewell is actually the name of the manufacturer but the fittings are known internationally by the manufacturer's name. The Capewells are a canopy jettison device. The Harness has the female Capewell fitting, the Riser has the male Capewell fitting. Be aware that there are several types of fittings made by Capewell and that there is a visually near identical but totally incompatible variant to the one that's used on the LLP. The British LLP is distinct for it's green fabric covers over the Capewells.
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