Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Pods on a Center Beam Bulkhead Flatcar and a Bulkhead Flatcar
ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER AND SCHOOL SAVANNA IL
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The U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School USADACS, Transportation Engineering Division SMCAC-DET, developed loading and bracing procedures for shipping Multiple Launch Rocket System NMRS pods on center beam bulkhead flatcars and bulkhead flatcars at the suggestion of CSX Transportation. U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School, Validation Engineering Division SMCAC-DEV, was tasked by USADACS, SMCAC-DET, to conduct rail impact testing of the loading and bracing procedures. Testing of the procedures was conducted in accordance with the Association of American Railroads AARBureau of Explosives BOE rail impact test criteria. The loading and bracing procedures met the AARBOE requirements and have been approved for U.S. Army USA-wide use for shipping MLRS pods.