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