A Chinese army dog called Ding Dang is well on its way to becoming a paratrooper.
The German Shepherd serves the Airborne Corps of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and recently completed a training session of tandem skydive alongside its handler.
Footage released by China‘s state broadcaster shows Ding Dang attending the death-defying mission while being attached to its trainer by a harness.
Footage released by China’s state TV shows Ding Dang attending the mission with its handler
The German Shepherd is serving China’s air force and undergoing training to be a paratrooper
Ding Dang’s commander is hoping the air force dog would be qualified as a paratrooper soon
The video clip from CCTV Military shows Ding Dang’s handler jumping out of a plane bringing the brave service dog.
The pair free-fell down the sky before the handler opened a parachute to allow them to descend and land safely in an unspecified military airbase.
The canine soldier had its muzzle wrapped and eyes covered during the jump and appeared calm throughout the process.
The skydive is only part of Ding Dang’s daily training. The dog is also undertaking mock skydive sessions by being swung out by its trainer from gymnastic high bars.
Its commander hopes that the air force dog would be qualified as a paratrooper soon.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is hoping that the training of canine paratroopers could allow it to drop soldiers and military dogs to specific areas quickly during special operations
The PLA relies on their military dogs for various tasks, including chasing, alerting and rescuing
Although dogs have been used for detention purposes across the world for a long time, canine paratroopers are still rare.
In 2010, British special forces parachuted German Shepherd Dogs in Afghanistan to hunt for Taliban insurgents, according to the Guardian.
These dogs, tasked to search Taliban strongholds, reportedly had video cameras bound to their head and were strapped to their handlers’ chest for the jump.
At least eight animals were said to be killed during the operations.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army hopes that the training of canine paratroopers could allow it to drop soldiers and military dogs to specific areas quickly during special operations.