TOWFLEXX HD190 MILSPEC
Developed for Deployment
Developed for Deployment
As with the TF5, the HD190 has its roots in the military. Initially, there was an issue for which there was no solution at the time. In the case of Lockheed’s C-130, there has been no adequate towing solution for fast, simple maneuvering on the ground. A tug with a high dead weight was needed to provide the necessary traction. Due to the vulnerability of the nose wheel, two long loops were attached to the main landing gear, which were joined in front of the nose wheel and then tied to the tug. In short, it was a tedious process with a high level of human resources. Furthermore, during a mission there was ALWAYS a dependency on ground personnel. Also, the design of the aircraft with the nose wheel half retracted in the fuselage is the reason that not every aircraft tug is suitable.
At the time of the request for a towing solution for a C-130, more than 70 TF5 MilSpecs were already in service with the U.S. Air Force. What was initially intended to be a performance upgrade for the TF5 turned out to be a stand-alone product series during the design process. The new product not only made it possible to pick up the C-130 via the nose wheel and transport it to its destination, but the dimensions of the HD190 were tailored to fit on a 463 pallet and therefore could be taken on missions in the cargo hold. Complementing and making things even easier, the HD190 can drive itself into and out of the aircraft via the loading ramp, providing the perfect solution for self-sufficiency in the field.
The Center Strip marks the center of the unit, making it easy to pinpoint the exact location for the user when loading an aircraft.
Two heavy duty castors allow 360° rotation on the spot.
Extended grip for safe transport of additional equipment (for example chocks)
Special and more durable coating in military gray.
The HD190 has a fully automatic nose wheel receptacle that enables the entire capturing process to be handled by the remote control.
The automated hold-down bar ensures that the aircraft is held securely on the tug
With the TowFLEXX units, we have taken monumental steps toward a green environmental initiative, virtually eliminating the risk of injury to personnel, reducing potential aircraft accidents, reducing tow team personnel, lowering operating costs, and increasing operational productivity. It’s simple, Towflexx works when you need it, in any environment!
Each TowFLEXX saves approximately 2,790 man hours annually!
Whenever we can, we take pictures of our equipment in the military environment. However, depending on the location or aircraft, we are often bound by local safety regulations and may only use the recorded material after official approval. Some pictures and videos are still being examined by the responsible authorities, others are exclusively released for internal use, while other material remains under seal, since special technical systems or attachments are to be seen.
Towing Capcity: 86.000kg / 190.000lbs
Towing Capcity: 14.000kg / 30.000lbs
Dims (mm): 2700 x 2050 x 500
Dims (inch): 106,3″ x 80,7″ x 19,68″
Weight: 2.000kg / 4.189lbs
Battery Power: 48VDC
Battery Life: approx. 8km / 5mi. (1,6km / 1mi. under full capacity)
The TF5 MilSpec is designed to prevent costly downtime. In the process, a central control unit was designed in which all electronic components and computers come together. In other words, this “eCube” not only protects the components inside, but can also be exchanged and replaced with a new cube within minutes in the event of a malfunction.
This technology allows the modernization of older units as well! This means that new revisions usually feature technical innovations that were not yet installed in previous models (for example, the line assistant or the NPS system). Simply summarized: by installing a new eCube, an existing unit can be revamped to incorporate new features and expand its capabilities.
In addition, the eCube contains the battery charger for the tug, the battery charger for a spare remote control battery, a data logger that can help with troubleshooting, a display that shows the operating hours and error codes, the central key switch to start up the unit and other interfaces for programming, etc.
Joystick for forward and backward movement
Joystick for the change of direction
Color display for status indication and playback of checklists and instruction videos
Nosewheel Protection System & Line Assistant Toggle
Light & Horn Toggle
Lifting platform up & down
optional special features
Capturing System Mode Selector
Deadman function toggle
Activation of the Nose Wheel Tie Down System
Upward movement of the Tie Down Bar
Downward movement of the Tie Down Bar
Additional menu tab for the integration of auxiliary systems
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.
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UST – North Florida Regional Airport
4900 US Highway 1 North
Saint Augustin, FL 32086
+1 (904) 770 6183
u.nielen (at) towflexx.com
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.
Aviate Enterprises, Inc.
5844 Prince Avenue
McClellan, CA 95652-2407
+1 (916) 993-4010
devine (at) aviateinc.com
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 markets worldwide.
+49 152 0186 89 60
ph (at) towflexx.com