AIRDROP BY C-130 AIRCRAFT
Refer to FM 10-576, Airdrop of Supplies and Equipment, for further information on airdrop procedures.
This work package describes how to prepare the scraper for airdrop by C-130 aircraft, and how to return machine to
operational configuration after airdrop.
The machine is positioned on an airdrop platform, which contains structures for critical support of the machine. The
machine is then configured to meet airdrop height requirements (tip-off curve). Machine components that exceed these
requirements are either removed or folded down.
The machine is secured to the platform with tie downs, blocking, shoring, and rigged with parachutes. The platform is
then loaded into the C-130 aircraft and secured.
Amount of fuel left in machine's fuel tank must comply with guidance from Military Traffic Management Command
Assistance from two Unit Maintenance mechanics is required to prepare the machine for airdrop.
If operating machine without ROPS/FOPS, drive with extreme caution, at low idle, and in 1st gear or reverse
ONLY. Machine has no rollover/falling object protection without ROPS/FOPS. Failure to follow this warn-
ing may cause injury or death to personnel or damage to equipment.
As part of this procedure, the ROPS/FOPS is removed from the tractor. Operation of the machine without ROPS/FOPS
Use extreme caution when handling heavy parts. Provide adequate support and use assistance during proce-
dure. Ensure any lifting device used is in good condition and of suitable lift capacity. Keep clear of heavy
parts supported only by lifting device. Failure to follow this warning may result in death or injury to person-
Many components, that must be removed and installed during this procedure, are very heavy. Use assistance, caution,
and follow safe work practices when handling them.
Hitch and steering movement can reduce clearances suddenly and cause personnel injury. Always stop
engine BEFORE working in area of hitch link.
Throughout procedure, be aware of potential hazards when working around hitch. Do NOT work in area of hitch link
unless engine is shut down.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Tools and equipment required to prepare the machine for airdrop are stored in an ISU-60 shipping and storage container
Tools required for machine assembly after airdrop must be stowed on or in BII toolbox and on rear deck of scraper. This
is because the container cannot be airdropped. There may be a delay in the container's arrival at the assembly site.