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Army dog hailed as a ‘star soldier’ after completing tandem skydive with China’s special forces

Army dog is hailed as a ‘star soldier’ after completing tandem skydive with its handler from China’s special force

  • Hei Pi the courageous canine trains with the ‘Thunder God’ elite unit of China
  • Footage shows it strapped to its trainer as the pair descend with a parachute
  • Web users have lauded the service dog for its bravery and calm performance
  • A German Shepherd last month won the internet’s heart for a similar skydive 

A Chinese military dog has been lauded for its bravery after footage showed it completing a tandem skydive with a special operation force during a drill.

The courageous canine, called Hei Pi, was praised as a ‘star soldier’ for its calm performance while being bound to its trainer from the ‘Thunder God’ elite unit of the Chinese Air Force.

Hei Pi is the second dog paratrooper that has shot to fame in China for practising skydiving. A German Shepherd last month won the internet’s heart after being filmed carrying out the death-defying task with its handler.

The courageous canine, called Hei Pi, has been lauded for its bravery for undertaking the skydiving training with the Airborne Corps of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force

Footage shows the furry paratrooper bound to its handler from the 'Thunder God' elite unit

Footage shows the furry paratrooper bound to its handler from the ‘Thunder God’ elite unit

The latest video was released on Wednesday by the Airborne Corps of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force through its official social media account.

The footage shows the service dog donning a muzzle, shoes and a body harness before boarding a plane with its trainer.

It then captures the moment soldiers jump out of the aircraft and free-fall before opening their parachutes.

Hei Pi dons an eye mask and is strapped to its trainer when the pair descend slowly with the help of a parachute.

The video shows Hei Pi donning a muzzle, shoes and a body harness before boarding the plane

The video shows Hei Pi donning a muzzle, shoes and a body harness before boarding the plane

It then shows soldiers jumping out of the aircraft and free-fall before opening their parachutes

It then shows soldiers jumping out of the aircraft and free-fall before opening their parachutes

The dog’s appearance in the drill has won a big round of applause on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

One fan praised: ‘[It] is the bravest dog.’

Another view branded it as ‘the Thunder God of all dogs’.

A third person wrote: ‘What an outstanding army dog.’

Hei Pi is a member of the Thunder God or Leishen Commando Airborne Force under the Chinese Air Force.

Founded in September 2011, the elite paratrooper unit is tasked to present strategic deterrence to enemies, launch assault battles, carry out special operations and various other missions, according to China’s official military news site

In November, footage of a German Shepherd called Ding Dang conducting a tandem skydive training session alongside its handler became trending in China.

Footage released by China's state TV shows Ding Dang attending the mission with its handler

Footage released by China’s state TV shows Ding Dang attending the mission with its handler

Ding Dang's commander is hoping the air force dog would be qualified as a paratrooper soon

Ding Dang’s commander is hoping the air force dog would be qualified as a paratrooper soon

Ding Dang also serves the Airborne Corps of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

Footage released by China’s state broadcaster shows the trainee paratrooper attending the dangerous mission while being attached to its trainer by a harness.

Although dogs have been used for detention purposes across the world for a long time, canine paratroopers are still rare.

In 2010, British special forces parachuted German Shepherd Dogs in Afghanistan to hunt for Taliban insurgents, according to the Guardian.

These dogs, tasked to search Taliban strongholds, reportedly had video cameras bound to their head and were strapped to their handlers’ chest for the jump.

At least eight animals were said to be killed during the operations.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army hopes that the training of canine paratroopers could allow it to drop soldiers and military dogs to specific areas quickly during special operations.

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