Essential ground support equipment for military air force

Ground support equipment (GSE) is used to service civil and military aircraft between flights. Services include aircraft maintenance, fuselage and engine repairs, refuelling, aircraft cleaning, aircraft manoeuvring, aircraft de-icing, loading and unloading of cargo, restocking provisions, and more.

Aircraft ground support equipment is built to be durable, reliable, and easy-to-use in order to ensure fast and efficient aircraft servicing. All GSE is designed to withstand various environments, however, military ground support equipment, or military GSE, needs to withstand the harshest of environments and work effectively under all extremes.

With over 30 years of experience, Aviation Spares and Repairs supplies military ground support equipment to air forces worldwide, including C-130 spare parts for the Algerian Air Force, tooling and consumables for the Royal Saudi Air Force, Antonov AN-32, Bell 212 and Lockheed C-130 aircraft support equipment for the Sri Lankan Air Force, and more.

Today, with Aviation Spares’ knowledge and experience, we will run through some of the essential ground support equipment for the military air forces.

Military tow tractors

Military tow tractors are designed to tow a variety of military aircraft, including Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Boeing CH-47 Chinook. Aviation Spares military tugs can also be used as load carriers, carrying up to 909 kg (2,200 lbs) of cargo.

Ground power units

Aircraft ground power units provide power to parked aircraft when its main engines and onboard auxiliary power unit (APU) are not running. Ground power units include start power units, continuous power units, start and continuous power units, diesel generators, and frequency converters.

Nitrogen and oxygen servicing

This article on Airside International highlights the importance of the supply of nitrogen and oxygen portable charging units (PCUs) to military air forces, who used them in the field to “fill aircraft tyres, to charge suspension struts, in hydraulic accumulators, in aircraft escape slides, door seals and in various other aircraft hydraulic components, while oxygen is employed as part of the aircrew’s breathing systems.”

Aviation Spares & Repairs supplies a wide range of oxygen and nitrogen aircraft servicing equipment, including nitrogen regulators, oxygen booster, nitrogen booster, nitrogen service carts, oxygen service carts and more.

Fuel equipment

As Chapter 1 of Improving Ground Support Equipment Operational Data for Airport Emissions Modelling mentions, fuel carts are designed to transport fuel to the aircraft and dispense fuel into the aircraft fuel tanks. Aircraft fuel carts often come complete with fuel meters, fire extinguishers, hand pumps, static grounding reel, and containment tanks.

Safety Equipment

Safety is essential on the ramp. To ensure aircraft operations go smoothly, runway safety equipment is necessary. This includes aircraft chocks, downlock pins, bypass pins, marshalling wands, and runway safety cones.

Aircraft access equipment

From passenger aircraft stairs to aircraft maintenance stands, such as engine maintenance platforms and fuelling stands, aircraft access equipment is essential for daily aircraft servicing and operations.

In addition to the equipment mentioned, Aviation Spares can also source and supply aircraft spares, military clothing, including flight suits, anti-gravity clothing, and much more to meet your aviation requirements.