CASE STUDY

Multi Drop Platform

PROJECT TIMELINE:  January – October 2011

Situation

Small vehicles, such as snowmobiles, dirt bikes and ATVs, are sometimes used in military operations which require aerial delivery. Previously, the only method for dropping these vehicles from cargo planes was via a custom-built, wooden platform. This method was time-consuming and costly, especially for training events where the platforms would not survive to be re-used on subsequent training missions.

Solution

Design a reusable platform, with an expandable footprint to accommodate small tactical vehicles, that could be stowed and transported on conventional logistic pallets.

Result

Capewell designed, built, and tested a unique, lightweight folding platform that is purpose-built for tactical airdrop operations. The design not only met all development goals, but it also included improvements that reduced the de-rig time to 1 minute or less. Not only did the platform greatly improve the logistics readiness for these airdrop missions, but it had a positive impact on soldier survivability by reducing exposure to enemy fire on the ground.

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