Russian Airborne Troops, the VDV (“Vozdushno-desantnye voyska Rossii”, Russian: Воздушно-десантные войска), launch sequence of a BMD-2 airborne infantry fighting vehicle from a Ilyushin Il-76, featuring the use of the PRSM-915 rocket parachute system, which enables the safe launch of the vehicle with its gunner and driver.
A rocket parachute, the PRSM-915, was developed to ensure the vehicle’s safe landing. To use the parachute, the BMD is first packed onto a special pallet before takeoff. To drop the BMD, a drogue chute is released that initially drags the BMD out of the transport plane. Once clear of the plane a single large main chute opens. The deployment of the main chute triggers the deployment of four long rods which hang beneath the pallet. As soon as the rods touch the ground a retrorocket fires, slowing the BMD to a descending speed between 6 m/s and 7 m/s and giving it a relatively soft landing. It allowed a BMD to be relatively safely parachuted with both the driver and the gunner.