Required information about the ammunition contained
inside is listed on the outside of the container. Do not
break the moisture-resistant seal between the lid and
the container until the ammunition is to be used.
NOTE: M50 series ammunition is normally
packed in the M548 container as loose rounds
(not prebelted). The Linkless Ammunition
Loading System (LALS) eliminated the
requirement for prebelted ammunition.
The rounds are packed in the container in layers.
There are cardboard partitions between each layer and
between the rounds on all sides of the container. Each
round has a tubular-shaped cardboard protector around
the projectile. Use these cardboard partitions and
tubular protectors when repacking the ammunition in
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the
components of the linkless ammunition
loading system to include loader ammunition
transporter, drum loader and drum unload
assemblies, and the conveyor system. Identify
the operating procedures to follow when
loading/downloading the transporter and
aircraft gun system.
The Linkless Ammunition Loading System (LALS)
(fig. 7-6) consists of a loader ammunition transporter, a
drum loader assembly, a conveyor system, and a drum
unload assembly. The components of the LALS allow
1,400 rounds of electrically primed, M50-series
ammunition to be handled without the use of links
while the ammunition is still RADHAZ safe. The
system is used to transport ammunition, load and
download aircraft, and load and download the loader
A brief description of the components in the
Linkless Ammunition Loading System (LALS) is
contained in the following paragraphs.
Loader Ammunition Transporter
Unfired rounds and/or empty cases are stored in
the loader ammunition transporter, also known as the
transporter (fig. 7-7). The transporter is primarily
intended to move rounds/cases through the exit and
Figure 7-6.Linkless ammunition loading system (LALS).