7-16. LOADING/UNLOADING ISO CONTAINER WITH M3A1 CROP FROM PLS TRUCK.
The use of ramps, as depicted in this task, is optional.
One M3A1 CROP weighs 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg). Six M3A1 CROPS weighs 24,000 lbs
(10,909 kg). Ensure all personnel stand clear of M3A1 CROP when M3A1 CROP is
being moved. Failure to comply may result in severe injury or death to personnel.
Always lift a stack of M3A1 CROPs by connecting lifting device to the bottom M3A1
CROP. Failure to comply may result in severe injury or damage to equipment.
Attempting to load stack of M3A1 CROPs or a loaded M3A1 CROP in ISO container
requires extreme care to prevent damage to equipment. Clearance between the ceiling
of the ISO container and top of the load and inside walls of the ISO container and each
side of M3A1 CROP is designed to be close, requiring at least one ground guide to
assist during the difficult insertion procedure.
Most commercial ISO containers are 8 foot, 6 inches high. Some containers are only 8
feet high, especially those used by U.S. Marine Corps. Ensure the container being
used is 8 feet, 6 inches, as determined by container data plate on door, See Appendix
Stacked CROPs cannot be properly inserted into ISO container until rear MIL-STD-
209 multi-purpose provision rings are in stowed (horizontal) position and rear
restraint plates are lowered.
A stack of six M3A1 CROPs is maximum that can be loaded into an ISO container.
A "loaded M3Al CROP" can be either a stack of M3A1 CROPs or an M3A1 CROP
loaded with other cargo.