Release rings are also used in drag takeoffs and
In container launchings, you
should attach the ring directly to the towline, and then
to the target-release device of the aircraft.
Klein Chicago Grip
The Klein Chicago grip (fig. 8-7) provides a
means of transferring the target drag load from the reel
to a structural member of the towing aircraft. This
procedure is used to take the strain off the reel while the
target is streamed.
The grip is a standard commercial item. It is about
10 inches long and composed of a series of
spring-loaded linkages and a shackle. The jaws are
opened by compressing the entire grip in line with the
extended shackle. It will grip bare wires, solid or
stranded, from 0.081 to 0.162 inch in diameter.
The grip is first secured by a cable to the aircrafts
internal structure. Then, it is attached to the tow cable
near the outrigger sheave. Slightly unwinding the reel
transfers the load from the reel to the grip. The greater
the drag load, the tighter the jaws grip the cable.
Do NOT apply loads greater than 1,500
pounds to the grip. It will accept cable with
a much greater breaking strength than that
of the grip itself. As a safety measure, set the
reel brake while the grip is in use, keep the
clutch in the IN position, and keep the slack
in the tow cable between the grip and reel at
REVIEW NUMBER 2
The one-way reel mounted in the center
section of the tow-reel pod carries
on its spool.
List the components of the A/A47U-3A tow target
What is the major difference between the
A/A47U-3A and A/A47U-4 tow target reeling
List the types of steel cables used in target
Why are cables frequently inspected?
The Mk 8 target release ring is made of
What component provides a means of
transferring the target drag load from the reel to
a structural member of the towing aircraft?
What maximum load can be applied to the Klein
Figure 8-7.Klein Chicago grip.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify aerial
targets to include the missile target, target
drone, and target system.
The Navy uses three aerial targets-the AQM-37C
missile target, BQM-74C/E target drone, and
BQM-34A/S and BQM-34E/T target system. A
simplified discussion of aerial targets is presented in this
section of the TRAMAN.