The Tyler Special Operations Platform (TSOP) is an externally mounted bench, which is a lightweight piece of tactical equipment designed to improve mission eﬀectiveness and personnel safety. All the benches are STC and FAA approved.
Made from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum, these special operation platforms are easily mounted to the skid cross tubes with anodized aluminum, quick disconnect clamps. This user-friendly installation eliminates the need to modify any existing helicopter framework. It takes only a few minutes to attach the special operations platform, without the assistance of tools. This feature saves valuable time during an emergency.
The TSOP benches must be mounted in pairs on the MD500. But for the BH407 and the AS-350/355 series, a single bench platform can be used. The benches do not hamper the aircraft’s ﬂight characteristics. The aerodynamic bench, weighing approximately 66 pounds, is always available in a moment’s notice.
While transporting or deploying personnel, mission safety is improved. These external benches allow personnel to sit rather than stand. Which eliminates the need for personnel to balance themselves precariously on the skid tube while trying to hold on to the helicopter with one hand and work with the other. Also other optional features are retractable seat belts.
The External Attach Frame assembly, or Fast Rope Unit, provides tactical personnel a fast-rope or rappel capability.
The TSOP can be used as a sniper platform for deploying tactical teams and for carrying external cargo loads as well as dive teams deployment and rescues. The unique features of these special operations platforms enable law enforcement and security agencies to maximize the full potential of their helicopter ﬂeet during special operations as well as counter-terrorism and homeland security missions.