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Title: Snow and ice control (SNIC) equipment and its use by military units worldwide
Authors: United States. Army, Europe and Seventh Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer.
Collins, Nicholas H.
Keywords: Frozen ground
Ice control
Ice prevention
Ice removal
Snow control
Snow removal
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL SR ; 02-1.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: When the U.S. Army moved into Yugoslavia in December 1995, it did so without snow and ice control (SNIC) equipment. The only available tools—the bucket loader mounted on SEE tractors, scoop loaders, full-track tractors, the M9 ACE, and the motorized road grader—were not designed for SNIC. These tools are specialized and dedicated to specific missions, and attempts to use them for SNIC proved detrimental to both the equipment and the areas requiring snow removal. Upon receipt of an urgent call from HQUSACE, it was determined that a SEE tractor snowplow prototype had been designed by the manufacturer that built and produced the SEE’s front loader bucket. Within six days, the company built a SEE snowplow and shipped it to Jericho, Vermont, where it was installed on a Vermont Army National Guard (ARNG) SEE tractor. The snowplow was tested in various scenarios, at various snow depths, at temperatures as low as –15°F. It performed better than expected and 17 SEE snowplows were sent to Task Force Eagle in Bosnia. Since then, snowplows for the 5-ton truck and HMMWV have been fielded to reduce the workload placed on the SEE tractor. The viability of using this equipment on various snow-covered terrain by soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York, and the Ethan Allen Training Center in Vermont, was demonstrated.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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