The Aviation Ground Support Equipment product office of the Executive Office Aviation program is performing a special user evaluation of Increment II for the maintenance and positioning of self-propelled crane aircraft.

According to an AGSE representative, the SCAMP II expedition crane is an important pioneer in forward maintenance. Aviation maintenance personnel will use the SCAMP II to remove and replace critical aircraft components to aid in the maintenance of Army aviation in non-upgraded, rigorous locations, on split-based operations, and in the recovery of crashed aircraft. This capability is the first recorded army program to provide an expedition crane solution to air carriers. The SCAMP II can be transported internally with a CH-47 helicopter and Air Force C-130, C-17 and C-5 aircraft.

The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed the SCAMP II during the rotation of the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The 82nd is one of three CABs each exhibited two SCAMP II cranes as part of the SUE using SCAMP II products for initial low-rate production. The other two CABs were the 16th CAB, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, and the 1st Cavalry Division CAB, Fort Hood, Texas. The SUE gives feedback

to the product office for training material development and support with sustainability.

The SCAMP II is based on a commercially available crane and has been approved for series production. The army is expected to purchase 96 units. The SCAMP II is capable of lifting 3,000 pounds and reaching and maneuvering a CH-47 tail rotor blade. SCAMP II offers a function for simultaneous boom and winch operation as well as a positive fail-safe function to prevent the load from falling during boom operation.