First request by the military

The first request for an electric and radio remote control solution for fighter jets was received from the Swiss military – Armasuisse – many years ago. A compact, all-electric towing solution for F18 jets was sought. This did not exist at the time of the inquiry, but was subsequently jointly developed, which was the basis for the design of the TowFLEXX TF5, which in the current MilSpec version is used for a variety of aircraft in the military. These include: A10, F15, F16, F18, F22, F35, T1, T38, U2, G3, KC-135, C-130, MQ9 Reaper and more.

MilSpec for the Military

Almost all models are now available as a MilSpec (Military Specification) version. Those differ in several aspects from the commercial configurations, have more safety features in the standard configuration, a more robust military-look color coating, extended spare parts availability, and much more. The current status of all MilSpec equipment has been developed in conjunction with the United States Air Force (USAF) to serve the intense demands and various application areas.

TowFLEXX 3 Series

TF3 MilSpec

TowFLEXX 4

TF4 MilSpec

TowFLEXX 5 Series

TF5 MilSpec

TowFLEXX HD190

HD190 MilSpec

Airframe
Airplanes & Helicopter
Single Nose Wheel
Airplanes & Helicopter
Single & Twin Nose Wheel
Airplanes & Helicopter
Single & Twin Nose Wheel
Airplanes & Helicopter
Single & Twin Nose Wheel
Towing Capacity (MTOW)
up to 9.000 kg
up to 20.000 lbs
up to 14.000 kg
up to 30.000 lbs
up to 60.000 kg
up to 132.000 lbs
up to 86.000 kg
up to 190.000 lbs
Lifting Capacity
up to 1.500 kg
up to 3.300 lbs
up to 1.500 kg
up to 3.300 lbs
up to 5.000 kg
up to 11.000 lbs
up to 14.000 kg
up to 30.000 lbs
Controls
Remote Control
Remote Control
Remote Control
Remote Control
360° Axis
yes
yes
yes
no
Wheel Adjustment
semi-automatic
semi-automatic
manually
automatic
Lights
rear
front & rear
front & rear
front & rear
Time to release an Aircraft
10 Seconds
20 Seconds
20 Seconds
30 Seconds
GPU
24V
(optional)
24V
(optional)
24V
(optional)
24V
(optional)
Weight
416 kg
917 lbs
666 kg
1.468 lbs
1.900 kg
4.189 lbs
2.000 kg
4.409 lbs
Dimensions
1.550 x 1.155 x 455 mm
61″ x 45,47″ x 17,91″
1750 x 1450 x 455 (540) mm
68,9“ x 57,08“ x 17,91“ (21,25“)
2500 x 1890 x 455 mm
98,42“ x 74,4“ x 17,91“
2700 x 2050 x 500 mm
106,3“ x 80,7“ x 19,68“
Airframe Examples
MQ9 Reaper
DA-42
King Air
T-1
T-38
King Air
A-10
F-15
F-16
F-18
F-22
F-35
U2
HH-60
Gulfstream 3
and many more
C-130
KC-135

All the TowFLEXX Aircraft Tugs are available in customized Configurations. To check if your aircraft or helicopter can be towed with our products, please send us a message!

Product overview with different types of aircraft

Ulrich "Uli" Nielen

Ulrich (Uli) Nielen

Based in Saint Augustine, Florida, Uli has been part of the TowFLEXX team for several years. Since 2020, he has specialized in military and government sales (Airforce, Coast Guard, Navy, Police Department, etc.) and is the primary contact for the entire United States.

contact for:

military USA

government USA

South America

contact info:

c/o Atlantic Aviation

UST – North Florida Regional Airport

4900 US Highway 1 North

Saint Augustin, FL 32086

USA

+1 (904) 770 6183

u.nielen (at) towflexx.com

Lt Col, USAF (Ret.) Timothy Devine

After a successful career as a bioengineer and KC-135 pilot in the USAF, Tim Devine founded Aviate Enterprises, suppliers to all military and government sectors in the US. As a GSA Contract Holder, this simplifies procurement within these government sectors.

contact for:

military USA

government USA

contact info:

Aviate Enterprises, Inc.

5844 Prince Avenue

McClellan, CA 95652-2407

USA

+1 (916) 993-4010

devine (at) aviateinc.com

Aviate Enterprises Inc GSA Contract
Phillip Phill Humphreys

Phillip (Phill) Humphreys

With many years of sales experience in a senior role, Phill joined the TowFLEXX team in 2019. Since then, he has been in charge of the markets and resellers worldwide and is the first point of contact for all sales-related topics at TowFLEXX.

contact for:

military

Europe

Asia

Africa

contact info:

Woestendoellen 95-96

49429 Visbek

Germany

+49 152 0186 89 60

ph (at) towflexx.com

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