Figure 2-57. Chaparral missile and M570 container.
Dropped munitions are those that are dispensed or dropped from aircraft, regardless of their type or purpose.
These munitions consist of a carrier or dispenser of some sort that is filled with a payload of submunitions. Some
dispensers are reusable, and some are one-time-use items. All dispensers are issued loaded as complete
rounds; however, reloading kits are also issueable items for some dispensers. Submunitions are classified as
either grenades or mines. The submunitions used include HE, AT/AV, antipersonnel, DP, bursting WP smoke,
burning HC smoke, practice, and dummy.
The M56 Mine Dispensing System
There is currently only one dispensing system used by the Army: the M56 mine dispensing system. It dispenses
M56 AT/AV mines. The M56 dispensing system is shown in Figure 2-10 on page 2-13.
Air Force and Navy Dispensers
The rest of the dispensers are deployed by either Air Force or Navy aircraft; however, joint service agreements
may require that Army personnel provide or assist in item storage. The Navy and Air Force marking systems
differ from the Army system. For example, the Navy uses the Mark/Mod System in lieu of "M" numbers used by
the Army. The Air Force uses its own system (for example: BDU for bomb dummy unit, BLU for bomb live unit,
and CBU for clustered bomb unit).