A 25K loader can lift and transport three 463L pallets up to a maximum cargo weight of 25,000 pounds. The backbone of the Global Reach airlift 463-L (pallet) movement system is currently a 30-year-old 25K loader with an extremely low mean time between failure (approx. 10 hours). Additionally, the 25K loader lacks high reach capability and requires a separate wide body elevator loader (a fixed high lift transfer platform) to off/on load KC-10 and Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Wide-Body Aircraft (WBA). Upgrading the current loader fleet with the NGSL will correct the critical high-reach shortcomings of existing 25K loaders and will provide increased flexibility to ensure the Air Force meets its global mobility commitments.
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