Model Length: 60mm; Width: 17mm; Height: 20mm
In Service - late 1980s through to the present
The Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS) was developed by Multilift. A load carrying flat-rack with a 15 tonne payload can be loaded on the ground, and then picked up by the truck using its two hydraulically operated arms. The truck can then take the load to its destination where the flat-rack can be taken off the truck, freeing up the truck to carry out other duties whilst the flat-rack is unloaded.
This is an extremely versatile system as the flat racks can carry a huge variety of loads from ammunition to armoured vehicles. Some flat-racks have been adapted for specific roles such as tyre inflation bays and engine test facilities. A fuel tank flat-rack was used extensively in Bosnia. A modified flat-rack and trailer have been produced to carry the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rocket pods. Another variant is the Simple Rail Transfer Equipment (SRTE) which is used to off-load flat-racks from railway wagons. 20ft ISO containers are frequently carried on a modified flat-rack.
The Leyland DAF DROPS first came into service in November 1989 and has been used extensively in both Gulf Wars as well as in the former Yugoslavian states and initially in Afghanistan, although its role was partially taken over by MAN trucks with EPLS that were purchased as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR).
With 27 parts, this model is recommended for the more experienced modeller.