(6) Position PLS truck in front of ISO container (4), extend the PLS loading arm, and engage the
PLS hook arm to the bail bar on M3Al CROP (2).
Drive PLS truck forward, pulling the M3Al CROP (2) out of the ISO container (4) and down
(8) Load M3Al CROP onto PLS truck. Refer to TM 9-2320-364-10 for procedures to load the
M3Al CROP onto truck or trailer using the Load Handling System (LHS).
Ensure the top of the load or web strap ratchet assemblies do not contact the top of the ISO
container door as the M3Al CROP is being removed from the ISO container. It may be
necessary to stop loading, drive the PLS truck backward, and resume loading the M3Al
7-17. LOADING/UNLOADING ISO CONTAINER WITH M3A1 CROP USING FORKLIFT.
Forklift must be capable of lifting gross weight (18 tons) of loaded M3Al CROP plus
have side-shift capability. Failure to comply may result in damage to equipment or
severe injury or death to personnel. Do not drive a forklift on the M3Al CROP deck;
doing so will exceed point load capability of the deck.
One M3Al CROP weighs 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg). Six M3Al CROPs weigh 24,000 lbs
(10,909 kg). Gross weight of a fully loaded M3Al CROP is 36,250 lbs (16,443 kg).
Ensure all personnel stand clear when M3Al CROP is being moved. Failure to com-
ply may result in severe injury or death to personnel.
Attempting to load an M3A1 CROP in ISO container requires extreme care to prevent
damage to equipment. Clearance between the inside of ISO container and each side of
M3Al CROP is designed to be close.