The Joint Modular Intermodal Distribution System is comprised of three main components: the Joint Modular Intermodal Container, the Joint Modular Intermodal Platform and integrated Automated Identification Technology which enables efficient tracking and monitoring of shipments.
This system was demonstrated at the National Training Center, Calif., June 23 - July 6. The demonstration included participants from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence.
The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducted their NTC rotation and were the first rotational unit to be supported by the JMIDS equipped NTC Support Brigade.
Demonstrating JMIDS hardware at NTC provides the JMIDS JCTD program with a one of a kind opportunity to evaluate maturing distribution technologies in a CONUS setting that closely mirrors our current theater of war.
The JMIC is a joint service modular container that is designed for utilization with all classes of supply, locks top to bottom for stacking multiple JMICs, and is collapsible to a 3-to-1 ratio for storage and retrograde.
The JMIP is an intermodal platform that has locking features on its cargo deck that facilitate locking JMICs directly to the cargo deck without the need for banding and strapping, can be used for land transport of cargo or convert to be air transportable in cargo aircraft without the need of 463L pallets, and is designed to be inserted/extracted directly to/from cargo aircraft by tactical load handling system trucks eliminating the need for material handling equipment at the airfield.
JMIDS will provide the military with seamless intermodal connectivity which will result in cost savings and faster throughput to the end-user.
In June, JMIDS JCTD hardware was provided to the National Training Center Support Brigade for use in distribution/sustainment operations supporting multiple rotating training units in “the box.”
The 3rd ACR rotation focused on Class IX distribution. JMICs were staged at the Garrison Supply Support Activity and labeled by the forward operating base.
The first-hand Soldier feedback that was obtained from 3rd ACR and NTC Support Brigade Soldiers will play a vital role in determining the path forward for JMIDS hardware. Just one example is the following comment from the NTC Support Brigade commander:
“JMIDS improved EAB efficiency; JMICs expanded the EAB capability by reducing platform/truck usage. What that meant to the Support Brigade was less Soldiers on the road exposed to extreme risk in the battle space.”
Following the 3rd ACR rotation, on July 9, the JMIDS JCTD successfully demonstrated that a intermodal platform can be loaded into an aircraft at a built up air base, flown to an austere airstrip, unloaded by a prototype tactical truck, and delivered directly to the point of employment without the need for onsite material handling equipment.
The mission began at McGuire Air Force Base, where aerial porters from the 305th Aerial Port Squadron prepared and loaded eight JMICs with 320 cases of bottled water.
The JMICs were locked on top of a JMIP and the 305 APS loaded the JMIP directly into a KC130 provided by the Marine Corps Squadron VMGR 452.
The direct interface capability of the JMIP eliminated the need for the conventional 463L pallet.
After the JMIDS components were loaded, the USMC KC130 flew for 7.5 hours to the Bicycle Lake Army Airfield, a tactical airstrip located within Fort Irwin. Upon landing, the KC130 was directed to a designated area at the end of the airstrip where a prototype Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles Load Handling System truck was staged.
The KC130 cargo ramp was lowered and the FMTV-LHS was maneuvered into place behind the aircraft and performed an engines running extraction of the JMIDS components directly from the aircraft to the vehicle.
With the load secure, the FMTV delivered the supplies directly to the point of employment.