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Helicopter Rope Suspension Technique

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Helicopter Rope Suspension Technique (HRST) is a military term for techniques and methods of rappelling, fast roping, Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) and Jacob’s Ladder operations. Helicopter Rope Suspension were developed as a means to insert and/or extract, by helicopter, ground forces (primarily reconnaissance teams) into or from rough terrain, urban areas or water. HRST is designed to be used in situations where aircraft landings are impractical due to terrain or tactical situation.