Accession Number:

AD0921820

Title:

Joint Test of AWADS Employment, Phase I.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 17 Sep 73-28 Feb 74,

Corporate Author:

TACTICAL AIR WARFARE CENTER EGLIN AFB FL

Report Date:

1974-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

104.0

Abstract:

The purpose of TAC Project 73B-078TUSACACDA JT 009 was to formulate joint employment concepts, techniques, procedures, and safety requirements, and to verify the operational effectiveness and suitability of AWADS for Air Force delivery of Army personnel and equipment in instrument meteorological conditions IMC. This was a joint Air ForceArmy project conducted by a joint test team composed of personnel from the USAF Tactical Air Warfare Center, the XVIII Airborne Corps, and the United States Army Infantry School. The IMC flight formation minimum drop interval of 4,000 feet is adequate to insure maximum safe delivery of jumpers and equipment. The minimum ceiling of a 300-foot overcast and 12-mile visibility encountered during the test are acceptable for the airdrop of personnel and equipment. The standard parachutes T-10 and MC1-1 are adequate for use in IMC to these minimums. Absolute minimum acceptable weather conditions were not determined. Subject to further evaluation in Phase II, jumpmaster and parachute techniquesprocedures and the exit interval developed appear adequate. Delivery of personnel and equipment in IMC appear safe, Current AWADS aircrew procedures are adequate to position aircraft at a point from which low-altitude parachute extraction system deliveries can be made in weather minimums of a 500-foot ceiling and 2-mile visibility. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE