Three Humvees were obliterated earlier this week after a failed airdrop at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
It was raining Humvees belonging to the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Sabre Junction ’16, an annual combat training center certification exercise. No less than three High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles met their maker after being airdropped from U.S. Air Forces Europe C-130 Hercules tactical airlifters.
If you’re wondering how these airdrops are set up, the Humvees are put on metal pallets and each vehicle is fitted with three parachutes. In order to absorb the shock of the landing, wood and honeycombed pads are put underneath the vehicles. While up in the air and doing around 160 mph (257 kph), the C-130 Hercules opens its rear cargo door and then the Humvees are detached from the aircraft.
As for these three failed landings, it’s unknown at this point what caused the Humvees to drop like flies. We’re not experts in this domain, but The Tactical Air Network is saying improper rigging might have been the cause.
You can imagine those Humvees are not exactly cheap, so it was quite a loss for the U.S. Army. However, at the end of the day, what really matters is everyone is ok as there weren’t any injuries reported.