Like commercial airports worldwide, government airports require military aircraft ground support equipment (GSE) to help their daily operations run smoothly. With the importance of successful military operations and the massive impact they can make, governments must choose their GSE carefully to ensure it's suited for the challenging constraints put on flightlines around the world. Military tugs are required to move and push back military aircraft – they are a critical factor in both the start and completion of military operations. Tow tractors also play a crucial role in commercial industries, but when it comes to military aircraft, certain features and considerations must be taken into account to aptly perform operations in accordance with the high military standard.
In this article, we'll take a deep dive into the unique needs required for military aircraft ground support equipment – namely, military tugs – to outline the critical features one should keep an eye out for when selecting a military aircraft tug.
Military Aircraft Tugs Must Meet Certain Demands
So, what demands do military aircraft ground support equipment need to meet to remain effective for military operations? Above all else, military aircraft ground support equipment needs to be completely reliable and extremely durable. This means your military tugs need to be operational at all times – remember, the mission waits for no one. Further than that, military aircraft tugs need to be able to meet the application demands of both sudden and planned missions. On a daily basis, you must have supreme confidence your military aircraft ground support equipment can handle the following:
- Position military aircraft in hardened aircraft shelters (HAS) or protective aircraft shelters (PAS).
- Park planes on military aircraft carriers for Air Force and Navy operations.
- Tow helicopters and other military rotorcraft.
- Maneuver military aircraft inside flightline hangars for inspection and repair.
- Perform successful operations in harsh weather conditions and terrains.
- Be transportable by air.
- Minimize downtime and reduce the risk of mechanical failure.
Must-Have Features of Military Tugs
The features of your standard commercial tow tractors are great for their intended purpose, but military aircraft tugs require the addition of unique features to keep operations running smoothly. With the critical nature surrounding military operations and the unique challenges they face, Navy and Air Force ground support equipment must offer the following characteristics.
Why Choose Eagle Tugs Military Tugs?
Eagle Tugs military aircraft tugs and tow tractors are the only vehicles in their class that offer AWD, limited-slip differentials, standardized parts and a 3-Year/3,000-hour warranty.
They've also been proven to perform in military applications. In fact, some Eagle Tugs vehicles have been specifically designed for military use at the request of the U.S. government. Additionally, custom-built tugs can be created if needed.
The following are some of the most popular and effective military aircraft tugs available.Request A Quote
USATS Military Aircraft Tugs
Originally created at the request of the U.S. Military, USATS aircraft tugs are ideal for special forces operations – especially those involving helicopters and other rotorcraft. Both the USATS-6 and USATS-8 offer AWD, a powerful DBP, factory-direct support and a 60" x90" flatbed that's ideal for helicopter transport.
The USATS-6 can carry payloads up to 2,000 lbs. on its bed or tow an aircraft of up to 45,000 lbs. in all weather conditions. The USATS-8 features a bed the same size and can carry up to 500 lbs. or tow up to 60,000 lbs. on all surface conditions.
TT Series Aircraft Tugs
The TT series of aircraft tugs packs a great deal of power and value into a compact, low-profile vehicle. This series offers up to 12,000 lb. drawbar pull with different vehicles for different types of aircraft.
ETT Series Aircraft Tugs
eTT Series aircraft tugs are the only AWD, four-wheel-steer (4WS) and 80V A/C electric aircraft tugs in their class. They offer both exceptional maneuverability and plenty of power, all at a low cost-per-hour of operation. Plus, the fact that they're powered by electricity also makes them zero-emissions vehicles, which is better for the environment.
Find Military Aircraft Ground Support Equipment That Pulls Its Weight at Eagle Tugs
When it comes to military aircraft ground support equipment, your operations can't afford to settle for unproven or inferior alternatives. Go with the proven leader by shopping Eagle Tugs' selection of military aircraft tugs. If you have any questions about our aircraft tugs, feel free to contact us at any time. Our dedicated team of experts is always standing by and ready to help. Or, if you already know what your operations need, request a quote today.Shop Military Aircraft Tugs