Non-Steerable T-11 Army Parachute

The T-11 is in exclusive use with the U.S. Army which was designed, developed and manufactured by Airborne Systems. The T-11 military parachute is the next generation non-steerable troop parachute system, and includes a completely redesigned main and reserve parachute and an integrated harness assembly that is suitable for a wider range of soldier weights than the previous system.  Airborne Systems is the only qualified source to provide the T-11 system internationally. 

The T-11 system includes the main canopy and harness and the T-11R reserve parachute. 

A New, Safer Generation of Troop Parachutes

The unique design of the main canopy allows for minimal oscillation after canopy inflation, even after lowering the combat load. The T-11 achieves a lower rate of descent by having a canopy that is 28 percent larger than the T-10, resulting in a remarkable reduction in landing injuries; greater than 75% over 3,000 jumps. 

Static-line T-11 Military Parachute System

  • Carries a paratrooper with a total exit weight of 400 lb. 
  • Reduces jumper injury rate by over 75% 
  • Minimizes opening shock thanks to a unique canopy sleeve and slider allowing for canopy inflation time of about 6 seconds 
  • Improved reliability and consistency 
  • Provides a slower rate of descent and zero oscillation even after lowering the combat load 
  • Adjusts to fit all body sizes from the 5th percentile female through the 97th percentile male 

T-11R Reserve Parachute

In addition to the new main canopy, the T-11R reserve parachute was built to fit the T-11 system’s weight range. Its innovative aero-conical design, which successfully passed all U.S. Army tests and evaluations, ensures quick and reliable opening for fast and slow malfunctions with no oscillations. 

New Features of the T-11R Parachute:

  • Center pull handle that allows the jumper to activate using either hand 
  • Low rate of descent 
  • Maintained vertical orientation for the jumper allowing proper landing attitude 
  • Full qualification for use with both MC-6 and T-11 main parachute systems



Specifications for the T-11 and T-11 Reserve

Maximum All Up Weight400 lb (180 kg)

Maximum Deployment Altitude7,500 ft (2,286 m)



Main parachute, harness and pack tray weight36.8 lb (16.6 kg)

Rate of descent at sea level< 18 ft/s  (5.5 m/s)

Oscillation angle 5 degrees

Shelf life15 year shelf life, 12 year service life

Repack cycle
120 days