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The requirement is to lift building structures, aircraft, and armored vehicles ~45k lbs on uneven and sloping, wet, slippery, muddy, rocky, sandy (or a combination of) terrain to extricate equipment and personnel in situations where the scene is actively on fire or burnt and have exposed sharp metallic surfaces and oils and lubricants on the ground. The current constraint is the inability to make kits available in small enough volume and weight factor; SWaP enhancements are a must from the current version. A successful rescue is a controlled operation that is immediately deployed to prevent crushing or further damage to equipment and personnel. Operators currently risk exposure to crush injuries to themselves using today’s system. In addition, today’s method is several multi-lift sequences to create a rescue corridor of 24+ inch height (similar to a mine shaft) having a secondary function of shoring to hold the load in place. The mindset is “lift an inch, shore an inch” for stability of heavy load lifting. The kit should be rapidly repackaged and redeployed during secondary phases of military operations and require little to no training to use.The lift kits are intended for use by members of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command’s Special Tactics “Pararescue” (PJ) community.The objective is to acquire a system that is man-portable (lightweight and packable) and easily set up/used by a single operator.The system should have the following characteristics:
- Capable of being set up and employed rapidly
- Standoff controllable lift capability to increase/decrease load height
- Low operating pressure (if using a pneumatic solution)
- Operational in varying extreme cold/hot temperatures
- Operational at high altitude (minimum 10k MSL)
- Operational when exposed to various hazards such as aircraft/vehicle wreckage and must be able to withstand puncture/fire hazards during operation

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