Accession Number : AD0289677

Title :   TRANSPORTER, FOUR TRACKED, 8-AXLE 24,000-POUND (NODWELL RN200) PHASE II: SUBARCTIC EVALUATION

Corporate Author : ARMY GENERAL EQUIPMENT TEST ACTIVITY FORT LEE VA

Report Date : NOV 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : THE NODWELL RN200 TRANSPORTERS (DESIGNATED TCB43 AND TCB-44) WERE EVALUATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH 16 OTHER VEHICLES IN ALASKA IN EXERCISE GREAT BEAR, AND DURING CONTROLLED OPERATIONS AT THE ORDNANCE ARCTIC TEST FACILITY, FORT WAINWRIGHT. DURING THE EXERCISE, THE VEHICLES CARRIED MISCELLANEOUS LOADS UP TO 21,600 POUNDS PER VEHICLE OVER THE FROZEN AND SNOW-COVERED TRAILS AND ROUTES OF THE MANEUVER AREA FOR A TOTAL OF 471 MILES AND ABOUT 110 OPERATING HOURS. AVAILABILITY OF THE VEHICLES DURING THIS PHASE WAS 94(. DURING CONTROLLED OPERATIONS AT FORT WAINWRIGHT, THE TCB-44 VEHICLE CARRIED 24,500 POUNDS PAYLOAD ACROSS SNOW-COVERED TERRAIN, HAVING SNOW DEPTHS UP TO 5 FEET, NEGOTIATED 65( FORWARD SLOPES AND 30( SIDE SLOPES COVERED WITH 2 TO 3 FEET OF SOFT SNOW. THE VEHICLE ALSO BROKE TRAILS THROUGH FORESTED AREAS HAVING TREES UP TO 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER. DURING BOTH PARTS OF THE EVALUATION, THE TWO VEHICLES TRAVELLED A TOTAL OF 687 MILES, HAVING AN AVAILABILITY IN EXCESS OF 92(, WITH NO MAJOR VEHICLE FAILURES OCCURRING, AND AT NO TIME WERE THEY IMMOBILIZED DUE TO THE TERRAIN

Descriptors :   *CARGO VEHICLES, *TRACKED VEHICLES, MAINTENANCE, MANEUVERABILITY, OPERATION, POLAR REGIONS, STABILITY, TERRAIN, TEST METHODS

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