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Implementation plan. All units, that possess air delivery equipment, should have a plan for the
implementation of destruction procedures.
Training. All personnel who use or perform such functions as rigging, packing, maintenance, or storage of air
delivery equipment should receive thorough training on air delivery equipment destruction procedures and
methods. The destruction methods demonstrated during training should be simulated. Upon completion of
training, all applicable personnel should be thoroughly familiar with air delivery equipment destruction
methods and be capable of performing destruction without immediate reference to any publication.
Specific methods of destroying Army materiel to prevent enemy use shall be by mechanical means, fire, or by
use of natural surroundings.
Destruction by Mechanical Means. Air delivery equipment metal assemblies, parts, and packing aids shall
be destroyed using hammers, bolt cutters, files, hacksaws, drills, screwdrivers, crowbars, or other similar
devices used to smash, break, bend or cut.
Exercise extreme care when using petroleum products to destroy
equipment by fire, as these materials are highly flammable. Improper
handling may cause injury to personnel.
Destruction by Fire. Items that can be destroyed by fire shall be burned. The destruction of equipment by
use of fire is an effective method of destroying low-melting-point metal items (e.g., cutter brackets, threaded
portions of nuts and bolts, and clevises). However, mechanical destruction should be completed first,
whenever possible, before initiating destruction by fire. When items to be destroyed are made of metal, textile
materials (or some comparable low combustible material) should be packed under and around the items, then
soaked with a flammable petroleum product and ignited. Proper concentration of equipment, which is suitable
for burning, will provide a hotter and more destructive fire.
Destruction by Use of Natural Surroundings. Small vital parts of assemblies, which are easily accessible,
may be disposed of as follows: Disposal or denial of equipment to an enemy may be accomplished through
use of natural surroundings. Accessible vital parts may be removed and scattered through dense foliage,
buried in dirt or sand, or thrown into a lake or other body of water. Total submersion of equipment in a body
of water will provide water damage as well as concealment. Salt water will inflict extensive damage to air
PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT
For storage, refer to TM 10-1670-201-23/T.O. 13C-1-41 and WP 0061 00 of this manual; for shipment, refer
to WP 0062 00 of this manual.
LVADS ancillary equipment contains no warranty provisions.