By: Kelly Holdaway On: April 26, 2013 In: Blog Comments: 0
Heavy lift: the spider in action at Camp Bastion, image courtesy of Desider magazine

Heavy lift: the spider in action at Camp Bastion, image courtesy of Desider magazine

Here’s an article from the Ministry of Defence’s Desider magazine about how UNIC mini cranes are being used to carry out repair and maintenance work on Chinook helicopters in Afghanistan and back in the UK…

Ten UNIC spider cranes purchased as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) have been providing vital support to the MOD’s Chinook helicopter fleet in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and RAF Odiham, Hampshire.

The project was delivered by the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Air Commodities team, with project management support by Land Equipment through flexible resourcing.

The cranes are a modified variant of our UNIC URW-376 mini crane used in the construction industry worldwide.

Chinook Junior Engineering Officer in theatre, Flt Lt Gareth Winn-Morgan, said: “Since its purchase, the mini crane has been a key factor to sustaining Chinook operations on Operation Herrick. It gives engineers added flexibility when removing heavy components from the aircraft; before the aircraft would be towed into a hangar to utilise the gantry cranes; with the spider crane the engineers can carry out heavy maintenance on the flight line, saving valuable time.”

The cranes have a maximum capacity of 2.9 tonnes at 2.5 metres extension. A six-section boom allows a working radius of more than 14 metres.

UNIC mini crane and Chinook helicopter

UNIC mini crane and Chinook helicopter

The cranes were purchased under a major contract with Terberg DTS UK and delivered inside four months along with spares, support and training.

Gp Capt Greg Underhill, Air Commodities leader, said: “It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the UOR team and Terberg that we were able to deliver this excellent piece of equipment with a comprehensive support package within demanding timescales.”

“We have a number of key contracts with Terberg under which they have provided excellent airfield equipment and support. Drawing on this relationship and their particular expertise with this equipment has proved vital to the success of this project.”

Alasdair Cooper, Managing Director of Terberg DTS UK, added: “We were delighted to be awarded this contract with DE&S and extremely pleased that we were able to deliver this critical equipment on time and on budget.”

Work is ongoing to consider whether the equipment will be brought into the core programme.

(Story courtesy of Desider magazine)

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