Air Bag System
Under contract to the US Army SBCCOM (Natick,
MA), Warrick & Associates developed an airbag system to
cushion the airdrop landing of vehicles like the HMMWV. The
airbag system is interposed between the vehicle and the Type
V platform, in place of the paper honeycomb now used. The
airbag hardware was designed and built by W&A and tested
September 25-28, 2000 at the US Army Yuma Proving Grounds
The airbag system contains four airbags
that are inflated during the rigging process and remain inflated
throughout ground handling, flight, extraction and parachute
descent. By lifting a fully loaded M997 ambulance during the
rigging process, the airbag system demonstrated a feature
useful to RRDAS (Rapid Rigging Derigging Airdrop System).
Another RRDAS feature is that during landing the airbags automatically
deflate, allowing the vehicle to drive off without hindrance.