Payload Transporter

The Payload Transporter III (PT III) provides the ability to load, unload, transport, emplace, or remove and replace Minuteman weapon system aerospace vehicle equipment (AVE) and supporting equipment in a controlled environment on air-cushioned pallets between the Minuteman launch facility and the Missile Support Base. AVE components include guidance and control systems, propulsion system rocket engines, and reentry systems.

The PT III is a nuclear certified semi trailer of standard commercial design. It contains mechanical and electrical systems, a hoist system, several air pallets, and stabilizing landing gear. Its capabilities include hoisting, load support during transportation, and security provisions.

General Characteristics
Primary Function: Minuteman III AVE Component Transport and Maintenance Vehicle
Contractor: Martin Marietta Corporation
Tractor: Kenworth K-100E or Freightliner
Length: 66 feet, 10 inches (tractor and trailer combined)
Width: 10 feet, 2 inches
Height: 13 feet, 6 inches
Weight: 68,400 lbs GVW (tractor and trailer combined)
Unit cost: Tractor: $126k; Semi Trailer: $1M
Date deployed: Tractor: 1981, 1991, 2003; Semi Trailer: 1993
Inventory: F. E. Warren AFB: 8; Minot AFB: 8; Malmstrom AFB: 8; Vandenberg AFB: 2