Potential of Aerostats for the Recovery of Disabled Main Battle Tanks and Other Heavy Military Vehicles and Equipment
Final technical rept. 20 Feb 2007-17 Aug 2007
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD SHIP SYSTEMS INTEGRATION AND DESIGN DEPARTMENT
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This report describes the investigation of the potential use of aerostats for the recovery of damaged heavy military vehicles such as Main Battle Tanks and other heavy military or relief equipment deployed from a Sea Base. A capability gap was identified for vehicles within the Marine Corp and Army inventory. High value vehicles that will need to be recovered but couldnt be lifted by the heavy lift helicopter CH-53 were identified. Past and current aerostats were researched and the most suitable type, which satisfied most of the key requirements, was identified. The optimum configuration consists of an un-powered air-crane balloon supporting the payload over the balloons envelope skin through appropriate rigging. The balloon would be towed to its destination by a helicopter, land vehicle or surface vessel.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Combat Vehicles