Rapidly Installed Fluid Transfer System (RIFTS) 2005-01-0593
Fossil fuels will continue to be the primary propulsion fuel for military aircraft, vehicles, and ground equipment for the foreseeable future. Water is the critical fuel to sustain the ultimate weapon, our soldiers. Distributing large quantities of bulk fuel and water required on the battlefield in the 21st century will require rapid deployment, installation, and recovery capabilities not inherent in existing petroleum and water distribution equipment. The Rapidly Installed Fluid Transfer System (RIFTS) will be designed to minimize strategic transport assets to deliver it to the theater of operation, will require fewer assets to deploy, will be easily recovered for redeployment, and will have an expected minimum service life of 15-25 years.