weapons support equipment (WSE), and logistics
support equipment (LSE).
ARMAMENT SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
The ASE includes all equipment whose primary
function is to support the installed aircraft systems and
maintenance department or squadron.
special tools used to support the aircraft in providing
arming, loading and downloading of air-launched
weapons, airborne armament systems, or weapon
related components. Armament handling equipment
includes bomb hoists, single hoist loading systems,
weapon loaders, boresights, and special tools used to
remove, replace, repair, test, assemble, or service
aircraft bomb racks, missile launchers, installed
machine guns, or gun pod units.
WEAPONS SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
The WSE includes all equipment whose primary
function is to support explosive ordnance components
or weapons. The WSE is divided into two categories,
Weapons Handling Equipment includes both
transportation equipment, as well as tools used for
canning and decanning, magazine handling, and
commodities. The WSE includes hoisting beams,
weapons carriers, strongbacks, handlift trucks, weapon
skids, trailers, bomb trucks (nonself-powered), and
their associated weapons assembly tables, maintenance
stands, and other weapon-related equipment. The WSE
supports both air- and surface-launched weapons.
LOGISTICS SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
The LSE consists of equipment used for packaging,
bulk handling storage, or stowage and transportation of
weapons and weapon components within the weapon
logistics cycle. LSE includes weapons packaging
equipment, ship loading or underway replenishment
equipment, installed shipboard or shore-based equip-
ment, and industrial materials handling equipment.
Weapons Packaging Equipment consists of
missile containers, pallets, boxes, and fleet-issue unit
loads that contain ordnance and ancillary equipment.
Ship Loading and Underway Replenishment
Equipment consists of connected replenishment
slings, vertical replenishment pole pendants, spreader
bars, beams, missile transfer dollies, etc.
Installed Shipboard or Shore-Based Equipment
includes dunnaging, C-grabs, birail or monorail hoist,
tie-downs, davits, bomb elevators, conveyors, and other
fixed or moveable handling equipment.
includes forklifts, warehouse tractors, pallet trucks,
platform trucks, etc.
purpose and use of pallets to include safe
A pallet is a wood or metal platform used to stack
material for movement from one area to another. You
use pallets to store and handle bombs, cartridge tanks,
projectiles, rocket containers, rocket heads, rocket
motors, and unit loads. When live ammunition and
explosives are involved, use metal pallets. Metal pallets
are more durable than wood pallets, are not subject to
warping, and do not present a fire hazard.
STANDARD FOUR-WAY WOOD PALLET
The standard four-way pallet (fig. 9-2) is a
nine-post wood pallet that provides four-way entry for
forklift and pallet trucks. The wings (overhang) at each
end allow sling installations. The slots in the two
top-deck members are used to install steel strapping,
which provides load restraint. The pallet measures 48
inches in length and 40 inches in width. It has a safe
working load (SWL) of 4,000 pounds. It is a
general-purpose pallet used primarily for shipment of
domestic unit loads of ordnance.
Figure 9-2.Standard four-way pallet.