DRICLAD Helicopter Storage (DRICLAD) System.
Final rept. 19 Feb-Jun 74,
MODERN ARMY SELECTED SYSTEMS TEST EVALUATION AND REVIEW FORT HOOD TEX
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The purpose of the test was to evaluate the effectiveness and durability of the British manufactured DRICLAD system when employed for temporary storage of helicopters by a TOE aviation unit. The system effectively protected the two UH-1H helicopters used during the 16 trials of a 6- to 50-day storage period. However, the test showed that the system, in its present configuration, had several shortcomings which, if not corrected, could have a serious impact on the systems ability to protect aircraft beyond 50 days. The major shortcomings noted were the extreme tightness of the plastic cover which prevented free air circulation and caused stress damage to the cover the inadvertent opening of the plastic zipper Drilok closure which made it necessary to continuously monitor the system the inadequate seal for the landing gear cross tubes which allowed water to enter the cover during heavy rains and the inadequate drainage system in the bottom cover section which prevented the drainage of moisture from the system. Modified author abstract