Container Lift Adapter-Helicopter (CLAH) Operational Prototype (Preproduction) Militarized Units for Flight Evaluation and Operational Testing.
Final rept. Sep 78-Apr 80,
MARTIN MARIETTA AEROSPACE BALTIMORE MD BALTIMORE DIV
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This report covers the efforts required to manufacture and test two operational preproduction militarized CLAHs for Army flight evaluation and operational suitability. The CLAH is an external load-carrying device that is suspended under a cargo helicopter and enables the helicopter flight crew to automatically align with, engage, lock on, pick up, transport, and deposit an 8- x 8- x 20-foot MILVAN or commercial container without assistance of ground crew. This production prototype CLAH design has evolved from a series of contracts involving research, study, development, and testing of experimental container lifting devices. The design change per this contract included eliminating the retractable guide system and the pyrotechnic emergency jettison system. Reliability, maintainability, logistic and cost analyses were conducted, and orientationtraining sessions were provided to enable Government personnel to operate, maintain, repair, and provide logistic support for the CLAH field test program. Author
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