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The Polish unit AGAT will perform a HALO jump for the first time

06.09.2022, 20:00

The Polish special unit AGAT will present itself again at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. For this year’s edition it has prepared a dynamic display in the form of a HALO jump and a static display of its vehicles.

HALO is an acronym for the words "High Altitude, Low Opening" which in practice means that the jump from the plane takes place at a high altitude then it’s followed by a free-fall descent and the opening of the parachutes at a height of about one kilometre. Polish special forces will jump from the CASA C-295 aircraft.

"We could have already seen jumps by members of the Polish special unit AGAT at previous years of NATO Days, but we will see the HALO jump, during which paratroopers can reach speed of up to 200 km/h, for the very first time," says Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000. „For the performance and visibility of the jump, however, favourable weather conditions are necessary as the Polish special teams will jump from a height of 4,000 m in three groups of five to six people each.“

In addition to a dynamic demonstration, the Polish specialists will also display their ground technology. Visitors can look forward to, for example, the HMMWV all-terrain vehicle or the Oshkosh M-ATV armoured vehicle.

The Jednotska Wojskowa AGAT is one of the special light units under the Special Forces Command of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland which is located in nearby city Gliwice and focuses primarily on diversion operations which are usually done behind enemy’s lines. Though this unit is relatively young, it was created in 2011, it's members have already presented themselves six times at NATO Days also with their equipment.

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