Fast Rope & F.R.I.E.S - Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System
F.R.I.E.S. Fast Rope Insertion & Extraction System
This specific Military Rope is used for rapid deployment from helicopters. There is also a Fast rope version for transportation and evacuation F.R.I.E.S. (Fast Rope Insertion & Extraction System)
In the production of the unique Fast Rope, special PA BCF fibres are used which give superior protection during descending, having high resistance to wear and rupture.
This rope has a diameter of 44 mm. It comes with a unique construction that offers the user good control during descending without additional belay. The Outdoor Centre is able able to supply our key military clients with Fast Ropes in diameters of 40 mm and 32 mm.
- spliced eye with high strength and resistance, for frequent straining and loading (e.g. in practising).
- eye made of express slings (ST-short termination) – lightweight and especially short eye with high strength. Easy examination of seams and express slings after removal of the protector. In emergency the rope may simply be cut at the termination.
- eye with metal termination (MT-metal termination ) for different types of metal connectors and hooks.
What is Fast Roping?
"Fast-roping, also known as Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES), is a technique for descending a thick rope. It is useful for deploying troops from a helicopter in places where the helicopter itself cannot touch down. Fast roping allows Marines to respond to crises as a quick reaction force, conduct missions requiring stealth and board vessels while at sea. First developed by the British with UK rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes, its first combat use was during the Falklands War. The original rope was a thick nylon that could be used in a manner akin to a firepole. The special ropes used today are braided (plaited), which results in a pattern on the outer circumference that is not smooth and so is easier to grip. Originally, each person would hold the rope for the next person; however this has been phased out.
It is quicker than abseiling (rappelling), although more dangerous, particularly if the person is carrying a heavy load, because the rope is not attached to them with a descender. The person holds onto the rope with his gloved hands and feet and slides down it.
Several people can slide down the same rope simultaneously, provided that there is a gap of approximately 3 metres (9.8 ft) between them, so that each one has time to get out of the way when they reach the ground."
Source Text & Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast-roping