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ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Transport Zodiac Milpro FC 470 inflatable boats under helicopter with boat in ready-to-operate configuration. Well known throughout the world as the definitive Special Forces boat, the FC range is used by more elite soldiers and sailors than any other craft worldwide. It is the only craft of its type that has actually been used in combat in different theatres and comes thru with flying colors. This is a result of its unique patented hull shape and various floor systems that allows it to carry combatants in a variety of missions. The hull shape is especially important as it can get a large load on the plane as well as give the driver unsurpassed maneuverability in different and often dangerous conditions. Continually being updated for its ever-changing roles, the FC range is Zodiac Milpro most recognizable military boat.

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Part 1 – Air insertion :
Carry the FC 470 (or FC 420/FC 530) and the team from a remote military base to the Mission area.
First option: Heli-Sling from Helicopter
Second option: Heli-Drop from Helicopter (FC 420/FC 470/FC 530).
Third option: Static Line Air Drop / Free fall Air Drop (with parachute) from Plane or Helicopter.
Part 2 – Sea insertion :
Navigation at sea to insert the team as close as possible of the shore, near the Mission area.
Part 3 – Underwater caché :
Sinking of the FC at short distance from the shore and low depth in order to hide the boat during the ground mission.
Phase 1: Sinking the FC…
Phase 2 : Recovering the FC…
Part 5 – Sea extraction :
Navigation at sea to move the team away from the shore.
Part 6 – Air extraction :
Carry the FC and the team away from the Mission area to a remote military base.
ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling


Zodiac Milpro is the global leader in the manufacture of military and professional RIBs and inflatable boats. Formed in 1909 as an airship company, Zodiac Milpro began repurposing the technology for use in boats as early as 1934, with the development of a 2-seat inflatable kayak. In 1940, Zodiac Milpro invents the prototype of the first inflatable boat. Since the 40’s every major development in the inflatable boat and RIB industry has been developed by Zodiac Milpro. Zodiac Milpro has more than 20,000 boats in daily use by over 80 military forces across the globe. Zodiac Milpro’s global network of trained specialists and approved service sites present in most parts of the world stand ready to give assistance and support to our products and customers. Fully operational Zodiac Milpro subsidiaries in North America, Europe and Australia, as well as dealers and agents worldwide, are available to discuss your requirements.
ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

ZODIAC MILPRO FC 470 Heli Sling

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Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Recon: Like No Other


Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, talk about why they chose to become Reconnaissance Marines and their experiences they’ve had with jumping out of aircrafts with the Utility Tactical Vehicle during Integrated Training Exercise 1-19 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Nov. 15, 2018. The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd Recon) conducts amphibious and ground reconnaissance in support of the 3rd Marine Division and Marine Forces Pacific (MarForPac), operating in the commander’s areas of influence. The Battalion is based out of Camp Schwab, a satellite base of Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. It is geographically located on the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.

The United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Battalions (or commonly called Marine Division Recon) are the Special Operations Capable reconnaissance assets of Marine Air-Ground Task Force that provide division-level ground and amphibious reconnaissance to the Ground Combat Element within the United States Marine Corps. Division reconnaissance teams are employed to observe and report on enemy activity and other information of military significance in close operations. The Military Occupational Specialty code for Reconnaissance Man is 0321.

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion


Reconnaissance forces are a valuable asset to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force when the MEF Commander is faced with uncertainty in the battlefield. Reconnaissance provides timely intelligence to command and control for battlespace shaping, allowing the MAGTF to act, and react, to changes in the battlefield. While Marine reconnaissance assets may operate in specialized missions, they are unlike the unconventional SOCOM’s forces counterparts. Both division and force are solely reserved for supporting the infantry, which are directly involved in the commander’s force of action in the battlefield, or battlespace shaping.

Many of the types of reconnaissance missions that are conducted by Marine Recon units are characterized by its degree in depth of penetration. This greatly increases the mission time, risk, and support coordination needs. Division reconnaissance are in charge of the commander’s Area of Influence, the close and distant battlespace; the force reconnaissance platoons are employed farther in the deep battlespace, or the Area of Interest.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. William Chockey, Cinematography by Sgt. Joshua Chacon and Cpl. Jennessa Davey)

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion