Draft Military Characteristics, Flying Crane Vehicle
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At present, the Armys heaviest lift helicopter has a 3-ton payload. Army development of a 5-ton payload helicopter was halted in 1956 due to considerations of cost and complexity. The mobility required of Army units indicates that the Army must be capable of moving through the air across barriers to ground movement. Heavy items of equipment, such as weapons and combat vehicles, must accompany troops in the crossing of obstacles. A flying crane vehicle, having only an external load capability, appears to offer the best method of meeting the heavy lift requirement.
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