TYPE V PLATFORM
The state-of-the-art Type V Heavy Duty Extruded Aluminum Airdrop Platform was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to replace the A/E 29H-1 (LAPES) and the Type II (LVAD) airdrop platforms. Because of its durability and survivability, it is now used in the U. S. and other nations without modifications for low velocity airdrops from all cargo aircraft types equipped with the 463L-type dual rail cargo handling system (C-130, A-400M, C-5, C-27J, C-17), and LAPES from the C-130, C-17 and C-27J aircraft. The platform is available in vented and nonvented configurations.
Modular design ensures ease of logistical support and maximum adaptability to mission requirements by providing seven different platform lengths. Replaced both Type II and Type IV platforms in the U.S. inventory and most C-130 operators worldwide. Main panels are constructed of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum in a vertical web design plus an interlocking joint between panels, providing exceptional strength and resistance to bending. Single point platform extraction of up to 42,000 lbs. (19,051 kg) payloads. Interfaces with cargo aircraft equipped with either 88 inch (223.5 cm) or 108 inch (274 cm) wide cargo handling systems (C-130, C-5, C-17, DHC-5, C-160, G-222, C-27J, CN-235, CN-295) Roller pads interface with floor mounted roller conveyor systems providing additional strength while protecting the underside of the platform. Designed to accommodate future advances in airdrop technology