Articulating Rapid Entry System
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The ARES reaches higher, delivers more personnel, and lifts greater loads than any other elevated tactics system in the world.

Only the ARES  reaches 28 feet (8.5 meters), directly, without the use of ladders. No other system even comes close.

The ARES’ wide stairway and fully adjustable Swingdock top platform offer unparalleled versatility, giving users the greatest operational flexibility and capability.

Capabilities

A Solid Base

The ARES can be adapted to a variety of unarmored, partially armored, or fully armored host vehicles to fit operational needs. The system depicted is on a Ford F550 Crew Cab, Turbo Diesel, Four-Wheel Drive, chasis-cab truck, with sufficient power and maneuverability to deliver the ARES and passengers to their appointed target location, regardless of terrain and weather.

Highest Reach in Any Class

The ARES directly reaches a maximum height of 28 feet (8.5m), without the use of ancillary ladders or stairs, far exceeding every competitive system. The ARES is the only elevating tactical/rescue system in the world which gives you direct access to many three and four story structures.

Teamwork

With the ARES you never have to go it alone. Unlike systems which rely on ladders to get you to your elevated target, the ARES won’t leave you alone and stranded on a narrow rung – there’s always room for your teammates at your side, so protection and support are never out of reach.

Fully Ambidextrous

The ARES is equally capable at two distinct missions: Tactical Operations and Fire Rescue. No other elevated tactics system can compete with the ARES in either venue, let alone both.

Safety...Without Compromising Speed

The ARES’ full perimeter handrails are stowed in-place, yet out of the way, and setup in seconds without tools, simply by raising them into position, providing a strong barrier at the proper height for the utmost safety.

Structural Integrity

The ARES is constructed using high-strength 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum for load bearing components and 5052-H3 grade aluminum for less critical areas. All high-stress, extreme load-bearing parts are fabricated of mild or stainless steel. Fasteners are primarily Stainless Steel or Grade 8 bolts and pins in all high-​load concentration points. All moveable contact areas are equipped with Delrin (Polyoxymethylene) engineering thermoplastic providing high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability.

Applications

Elevated Perspective

When the successful completion of your mission involves seeking a tactical advantage, it always helps to have a height advantage too. The ARES is the highest, widest, most stable elevated tactical system available, which provides you with options that simply aren’t possible with a narrow, angled ramp, or thin-rung ladder. No matter what the operation, having the ability to create an overwatch position is going to provide greater security, and increase the odds in your favor.

Rapid Rescue Insertion Structure (R2IS)

The ARES’ Rapid Rescue Insertion Structure mounts quickly without tools on the Swingdock top platform, providing a sturdy tower up to 34 feet (10.7m) off the ground for side-by-side rappelling or fast-roping over high perimeter barriers such as walls or fences, in addition to providing the ability to execute high-angle rescues.

High Angle Rescue

The ARES is a strong, versatile high-angle rescue platform in either the Full Stairway or Ridgdeck configurations, with the ability to safely raise or lower a rescuer into a precarious setting to retrieve a wounded or trapped victim by harness or via Stokes Litter. ARES also allows for retrieving wounded from elevated positions or very low locations, and quickly raising and lowering them to safety via the powerful grill-guard-mounted winch with its 250 feet of galvanized steel cable.

Perimeter Breach

For those times when knocking on the gate isn’t the best option, the ARES’ Rapid Rescue Insertion Structure (R2IS) allows for direct, fast, and surreptitious breaching over walls or fences up to 26 feet (7.9m) in height. Simply drive up with the Swingdock platform elevated over the height of the barrier, and drop in unannounced. The R2IS can be utilized with the ARES system in either the Stairway or Ridgedeck configuration, and with the top platform at any height between 8 feet (2.4m) and 28 feet (8.5m) off the ground. It’s versatile, and can be used as a single rope point or a dual fast-rope tower, or to lower the Stair/Ramp into position across a wide chasm. No other tactical system in the world can deliver your team to the heights the ARES can.

Emergency Egress

For the rapid evacuation of personnel from a structure or conveyance, two Multi-Purpose Ramps (MPR) can be affixed to the tailgate of the Rear Lower Deck, allowing numerous people to quickly descend from the system down the Two Rear Stairs, and to the ground via the Multi-Purpose Ramps. The MPR’s removable Side Safety Rails provide ease of descent for the rapid movement of residents or passengers.

The ARES Swingdock articulating top platform gives sniper/observer teams what they need most, an elevated perch, a low profile, room to lay in wait for your target, and plenty of space for your wingman. ARES will get you where you need to be… so you can do what you need to do.

Transportability

The ARES was designed for transportability by air, in the cargo hold of the C-130 Hercules, or larger cargo aircraft. The C-130 limits cargo to 480″ in length, 102″ in height, and 107″ in width. The ARES system as configured on the Ford F550 Chasis Cab Truck, is 364″ in length, 101.5″ in height, and 102″ in width.

The ARES provides exceptional versatility and performance in a fairly compact package.

 C-130 Cargo Bay

ARES shown in approximate scale with relation to length and height, in comparison to the C-130 cargo hold.

Multi-Purpose Functionality

MIT’s proprietary Closed-Box ‘C’ Channel Truss design, adds great structural integrity to the entire system. All primary lightening holes serve an additional purpose as integrated hand/foot holds for exigent ascent and egress.

The folding, retractable Side Handrails also serve as a mounting bars for the Removable Stair Ramps, which attach to the handrail bar as a pivot and attachment point for deployment.

The ARES’ Airmast hydraulic/chain lifting system will lift loads of up to 2,000 lbs, a factor several magnitudes greater than any other system can lift. The potential uses for such a capability are endless, including lifting debris, freeing trapped victims, dislodging hardened entry points, etc.

Multi-Purpose Ramps

These 24″ (0.6 m) wide, by 12′ (3.65 m) long portable ramps serve a variety of tactical and rescue purposes. The Multi-Purpose Ramps can be deployed off the front of the system on the Swingdock Platform to reach heights of up to 33′ (10m), and the 10′ (3.0m) Stair/Ramps can be deployed to a height of 36′ (10.7m), with the ability to raise and lower the Multi-Purpose Ramps or Stair/Ramps via the push of a button.

They can also be used to conduct assaults or rescues off the side of the system when deployed from the Ridgedeck configuration, reaching a height of 24′ (7.5m), or deployed from the Rear Upper Deck to a height of 16′ (4.9m).

The Multi-Purpose Ramps can also be used as Side Tactical Deployment Decks, when attached to the Rear Platform legs via the quick attach Side Tactical Deck Arms, which can be set at a variety of elevations for assaulting ground level tubular targets such as busses or trains.

Multiple Missions, Endless Possibilities

The ARES can be configured as a variable angle stairway with the stair treads remaining horizontal at all times, and the Swingdock top platform structure can be set at any angle within a 180 degree arc. The ARES also forms a large – 14 foot by 6 to 7 foot – stable, horizontal Ridgedeck platform, configurable at any height between 8 and 18 feet off the ground. The Ridgedeck configuration gives operators far greater stability when accessing two-story structures and most commercial aircraft, as they can do so from a level deck, rather than teetering on an angled ramp or narrow-rung ladder.

The Top Of Its Class

The ARES directly reaches a maximum height of 28 feet (8.5m), without the use of ancillary ladders or stairs, far exceeding every competitive system. The ARES is the only elevating tactical/rescue system in the world which gives you direct access to many three and four story structures.

THE HIGHEST REACH IN ANY CLASS

The ARES is the only system in the world which can reach the upper doors on EVERY COMMERCIAL AIRLINER ever made. Ascent is quick and sure via the ARES’ wide, stable, stairway, as is entry via the large, articulable, Swingdock platform. The Swingdock can be set to any angle within a 180-degree arc of use, so you always have a level playing field, regardless of the altitude.

Only the ARES (above, depicted to scale) directly reaches the world’s largest airliners, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747, with upper doors over 25′ off the tarmac. The ARES is wide enough for operators to ascend the system and approach the target side-by-side. Other systems use narrow, rickety, detachable ladders or stairs, allowing only single-file approach, isolating individual operators and preventing teams from employing appropriate rapid-entry and close-quarters tactics.

C4 – CarbonX Crew Cargo Cover

The ARES C4 (CarbonX Crew/Cargo Cover) provides the ultimate protection against flame, flammable liquids (such as Molotov Cocktails), molten metal, and other hazardous threats, and is also fully aqua-phobic and waterproof.

The C4 is made with CarbonX, the most advanced flame-retardant fabric available.

The C4 features full, four-sided and top coverage, with large openings on all sides allowing for the greatest versatility without having to remove the cover.

The C4 is held in place with turn-button grommets, and If removal is desired, the entire cover is easily removed in under a minute without tools.

Pictured at left with both sides rolled up, and without tailgate cover installed for visual of interior space.

The C4 is not just a rain tarp, it is a fully-functional protective barrier between your crew, and whatever hostile environment they might find themselves in…

The C4 includes multiple roll-up openings, each with flame retardant velcro closures, and straps with buckles to hold them in the open position. On each side, 8-foot long access openings provide easy loading and unloading of personnel and equipment, as does the 3-foot wide rear entry portal.

On the front end of the crew/cargo area, two, 6-foot wide flaps provide ventilating air flow, as well as visibility to the cab area through the rear cab window.

Two ribbed roof panels provide protection over each of the twin rear stairs, with the full-perimeter velcro allowing for easy access to the ARES elevated platform stairways.

Manual Input, Wireless Control, or Pre-Programmable 

The ARES is available with a hand-held, push-button control pendant for complete and precise articulation and manipulation of the platforms and stairs, or with the optional Graphical User Interface App for a tablet or PC, via the on-board, secure Wifi system.

This computerized interface enables the operator to choose a configuration, such as Ridgedeck, or Stairway, then select the desired height of the system, and when the execute command is given the system will automatically adjust to the desired configuration and height.

Automatic selections can also be made by choosing a model of a commercial aircraft, and its desired entry point. Each selection will provide precise positioning within a minimal margin of error.

The controlling application can be customized and pre-configured to the client’s exact specifications, and the software can be modified to meet the end-user’s operational needs as they evolve.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the ARES Graphical User Interface.