Layka, a military service dog wounded in Afghanistan and featured on the June cover of National Geographic magazine, has a new career: free-fall equipment tester. The Belgian Malinois was recently selected to test a specially designed canine combat vest, and her skydive was captured in the above video.
The role of dogs in the U.S. military has been evolving since World War I. They have been used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect troops by leading patrols and sniffing out explosives. Different vests have been used over the years to help protect the dogs during combat, but handlers found that some of the heavier vests caused the dogs to overheat.
In recent years, the company Hardpoint Technologies, working with the