1-16. EQUIPMENT OPERATION (continued).
The conveyor assembly is hydraulically powered and can be operated in either forward or reverse. Two stationary dead-end
sections, one at each end, are used as staging areas for ammunition transfer. The powered parts of the conveyor assembly
are the drive-end section, center section, and takeup-end section. A three-position switch, located on the hydraulic control
panel, actuates the conveyor directional control valve that operates the conveyor hydraulic motor. A drive sprocket coupled
to the motor shaft moves the conveyor chain.
An override safety switch at the rear dead-end section provides an outside shutoff capability. A deadman switch is installed
in the rear dead-end section to shut off the conveyor when a projectile is present, to prevent a pile-up of projectiles and
charges when the conveyor assembly is in operation.
The conveyor chain runs taut across the top of the conveyor assembly, loose across the bottom. A chain adjustment device
allows chain tension to be adjusted by moving the idler sprocket forward or backward.
Telescoping support arms adjust to lock the conveyor in several operating positions. Two double-legged cable assemblies
support the conveyor assembly during deployment. They are stowed when the conveyor assembly is in operation.
A hand crank for manual operation is provided in case of a hydraulic system malfunction.
The conveyor assembly can be folded and stowed inside the vehicle when not in use.