The primary objective of the LCLA capability is to improve tactical logistics support by enabling rapid and precise delivery and distribution of small, tailored support packages of configured loads to small units, with no operational pauses and with a much smaller logistics footprint.
As a key first step in meeting the project goal and objective, the LCLA project team immediately established a clear set of design performance metrics to guide and focus the project.
As part of the LCLA testing and evaluation process, in July 2006, ATEC's Developmental Test Command (DTC) subjected the project team's five LCLA selected systems (see the chart on page 21 ) to a very rigorous technical feasibility test at the Yuma Test Center in Arizona* After completing 116 test airdrops of LCLA parachutes from the Oklahoma Army National Guard's C-23 Sherpa cargo airplanes at 150 feet AGL with no system failures, the DTC concluded that LCLA parachutes, under specified operating parameters, met safety standards for use by Soldiers.
Based on the technical feasibility test's results and an approved recommendation for a safety confirmation from the Yuma Test Center, the DTC on 10 October 2006 approved a safety release to support Soldier operational use of the LCLA family of parachute systems from a C-23 during the 4th BCT's JRTC mission rehearsal exercise in early November.
Following the initial testing, and approved safety confirmation, LCLA parachutes were tested successfully from CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters by ATEC's Operational Test Command Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate at Fort Bragg in February and May 2007.
Follow-on testing of the LCLA parachute systems from the CASA-212 aircraft were successfully completed by the DTC at Yuma in July 2007 and resulted in an amendment to the C-23 safety release to include the CASA-212.
The LCLA system is designed to provide a "one-time" solution that is reliable and inexpensive.
Army that has fully planned, tested, and executed LCLA operations in a combat environment.
The aircraft used to conduct LCLA drops in Afghanistan is the CASA 212.
Currently, LCLA aircraft teams consist of tour airborne-qualified personnel, at least two of whom need to be qualified jumpmasters.
The modifications made to the RAM were based on the differences in delivery between the Air Force CDS and the LCLA.
PURPOSE AND BENEFITS (REASONS TO CONDUCT LCLA OPERATIONS): Simplicity: