NationStates Jolt Archive

Space Based Paratrooper Unit Created

24-04-2005, 21:23
Govt. Documents:

Today, a division of Space Based Paratroopers have been created. The paratroopers will be based in 5 seperate space command stations orbiting the Earth and will be guided by spy satellites and/or coordinated by units already on the ground.

Reasons for Deployment:

*Covert Operations
*Destroying targets behind enemy lines
*Securing objectives in advance.

There are 2 potential methods for insertion:

*A single stage entry pod. This insertion method is risky, because it shows up on infrared scanners like Christmas tree lights.

* 2 stage entry pod. A pod falls for a certain distance in the upper atmosphere, then the pilot ejects out, and then peforms a HAHO jump from the pod itself. This method is quite hard to detect.

Generally, a BR-2 Carbine, a small SAW or an RCR-41 DMR. One time use high altitude parasuits are worn over standard infantry body armor. Sometimes, ATGM launchers or crew served infantry railguns can be dropped.

Cost: Cost per trooper should aroun $1 million.
24-04-2005, 21:28
If the cost is per drop then that would be a vastly impractical idea. Also unless you have managed to figure out how to generate artificial gravity your troops would start to become uselss after about 6 months due to lack of combat practice as well as the lack of gravity causing the beginning of muscular atrophy.
We would suggest as a far more practical idea the development of high-altitude/low-orbit craft from which to drop your men. It would have nearly all the same useages of orbital insertion at a fraction of the cost.
Greater Valia
24-04-2005, 21:29
OOC: This is post modern tech, correct?
24-04-2005, 21:38
ooc: it would be possible to generate artificial gravity... but let's not go there.

Anyway, the troopers don't stay on the stations for long, maybe a month at the very most. That and bone density and muscle mass can be maintained through regular exercise and standing on a vibration machine (turkeys that stand on vibration machines develop considerably more bone mass).
24-04-2005, 21:40
ooc: fair enought just wanted to point out possible objections and problems
New Shiron
24-04-2005, 21:43
these kind of troops are commonly found in Traveller (the RPG) and are called Drop troops. They generally require easy space travel and a real need though, as they would be VERY expensive as they require drop capsules, parachutes (multiple) and we are talking doing a HALO drop from orbit essentially.

Based on the idea from the novel (not the bad movie) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.
24-04-2005, 21:43
ooc: And also, spy satellites can see the launches of the sub-orbital vehicles, but can't see an insertion directly from space.

This should work for MT, as the Russians have analyzed the feasibility of making a spacebased unit, but didn't do so for cost reasons.