Last year, the Spanish Army’s Special Operations Command (MOE) selected the Neton Mk2 from the Spanish company EINSA as the new Special Operations Light Vehicle (VLOE). As we expected last summer, when analyzing the Prescribing Technical Specifications (PPT) of the tender, the ability to operate by air is very important.
The new VLOE, which we recently saw in detail, is a highly mobile element for the MOE, not only because of its innate off-road capabilities, but also because it can be used on land, sea and air to carry out its missions and the once to be able to leave the area of application carried out. We will focus on these aspects as a result of the tests that the aforementioned Neton Mk2 was subjected to.
The specifications stipulated that the vehicle could be carried inside and outside the Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters. In this device it must be possible to transport two vehicles inside or outside with a fixed tow bar, with which two vehicles can be joined together as a set and looped. With this in mind, the Army Air Force (FAMET) configures the so-called rotating wing of the Special Operations Air Task Unit (SOATU-RW) using the above-mentioned CH-47 Chinook for this purpose.
In the case of fixed-wing aircraft, it should be able to be carried as internal cargo in C-130 and A400M aircraft, and it was desirable that it could be carried on C295 with minimal preparation and a maximum of 30 minutes of crew deployment, a task for the, which enables the use of an adaptation kit. According to the manufacturer, the only modification required to introduce it to the C295 is to replace its off-road wheels with small wheels that reduce the height of the vehicle. The Air Force has upgraded the C295 of Wing 35’s capacity to support special operations and configured the SOATU-FW (Fixed Wing) as we analyzed it in 2018
Finally, it can also be dropped by parachute and even through the more complex LAPES (Low-Altitude Parachute-Extraction System) mode. All of these capabilities allow the Special Operations Command to deploy its units to the desired area by air, reducing the time they need to taxi on their own resources and making it easier to exit the area of operations. which have multiplied since then. It will be possible to operate helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft of a closed size like the C295 that can be used on small, unprepared runways. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The NETON Mk2 is transported under a FAMET (EINSA) Chinook
The vehicle has its own attachments for lifting (EINSA)
A CH-47 Chinook with a NETON on the sling (EINSA)
The vehicle that accesses the Chinook on its own (EINSA)
The NETON Mk2 is correctly attached to the Chinook (EINSA)
The NETON Mk2 accesses the C295 of the Air Army (EINSA)
Replacing the wheels with smaller diameter wheels allows for a reduction in height and access to the C295 (EINSA).
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