DEPLOYMENT BY HELICOPTER
Unit commanders are cautioned of the necessity to
anticipate requirements for an airlift operation and
arrange for timely delivery.
Deployment by helicopter is performed under conditions
where it may be advantageous to use helicopters to
transport and launch bays or where site conditions
make it impossible to launch bays by any other means.
Use helicopter lifting sling only to lift IRB bays. (Refer
to WP 0071 00.)
Safe air speed will be determined by wind speed and
direction, type, and condition of aircraft, and pilot
proficiency in transporting bays. When transporting bay
at air speeds greater than 40 knots, a 15-ft (4.6-m)
diameter drogue parachute (NSN 1670-01-064-4451),
type 4 links (NSN 1670-00-783-5988), and 36-ft (11-m)
multi-loop extraction line (NSN 1670-01-064-4451) are
required to provide stability. Drogue parachutes are
readily available from the GM Rigging Unit (Parachute
Maintenance), Area Resupply Co., all Airborne units,
and all Air Force Cargo Wings.
Perform step a if bay to be deployed by helicopter is
loaded on transporter.
a. Unload bay to ground where specified by unit commander (WP 0023 00),
Unloading Bay to Ground).
Ensure all travel latches are closed and secure prior to
mounting bay and prior to helicopter deployment.
Failure to comply may result in damage to equipment
or possible injury or death to personnel.
Do not use the rafting bracket quick-disconnect pins as
connecting points for the helicopter lifting sling: use
only the load receiving pins. Failure to comply may
result in damage to equipment or possible injury or
death to personnel.
Perform steps b and c if deploying an interior bay or
perform steps d through f if deploying a ramp bay.