Adequate lifting and tiedown provisions are essential to efficient transport.
All items of military equipment must have adequately designed lifting and tiedown provisions. Provisions must be designed for the gross vehicle weight (i.e. fully loaded) because vehicles are deployed with operational payloads or unit equipment in their cargo beds.
Military lifting and tiedown provision location, design, and strength requirements are listed in MIL-STD-209J and MIL-STD-209K. The correct version of MIL-STD-209 to use is dependant upon the date of the contract for the equipment. All contracts dated on or after 22 Feb 05 should use MIL-STD-209K for designing lifting and tiedown provisions. Contracts dated before 22 Feb 05 should use the version of MIL-STD-209 that was in effect on the date of the contract.
Resources including a comparison between MIL-STD-209J and MIL-STD-209K can be found here.
As a service to our customers, we have an Excel spreadsheet available for downloading. MIL_STD_209K_Provision_Calcs.xls can be used to calculate lift angles, sling loads, and tiedown provision loads.