At the very foundation of force deployability is equipment transportability. Transportability Engineers work closely with requirements writers and equipment developers, including defense contractors, program managers and other government organizations, throughout the acquisition life cycle, to influence the design of systems in favor of efficient transportability per DoDI 4540.07 and AR 70-47.
We evaluate every aspect of an item's transportability characteristics, including: weight, dimensions, lifting and tiedown provisions, interface with required transportation assets and infrastructure, and structural integrity. We accomplish this mission by employing advanced virtual simulations and through participation in live testing. Our efforts ensure that equipment design facilitates rapid force deployment. Once the equipment successfully indicates it meets its transportability requirements, we provide a transportability approval (AR 70-1) and materiel release (AR 700-142).
a white paper that explains the transportability engineering process throughout the acquisition process. The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has a new transportability engineering module. Designing for Transportability (CLL 045) is now available on the DAU web site: