Development of Rough Terrain Vehicular Materials Handling Equipment for the Army 630014
Mobility of supplies and equipment is an important logistics problem of modern warfare. Airlift and ground transport must provide a system capable of fast delivery to troops on rough terrains. The Quartermaster Corps has developed a lightweight, 4000 lb capacity, fork lift truck (the Sandpiper) that is compatible with both supply methods. Design features include sectionalization for ease of transportation, pivoting front wheels for improved weight distribution, lighter vehicle weight to improve payload-to-vehicle weight ratio. A separate power pod makes the Sandpiper applicable to other types of vehicles. Similar trucks with capacities up to 10,000 lb have been projected.