SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: June 9, 2005
Electronics shelters, vans restored
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa.— Electronics repair shelters and vans are being restored to like-new condition through a joint effort of the Army’s Electronic Shop Van Recapitalization Program.
Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems (PM FSS), Tobyhanna Army Depot, Communication-Electronic Life Cycle Management Command (C-E LCMC), and the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff are the key players in the program that also is incorporating several reliability and supportability initiatives as well as safety fixes.
PM FSS, located at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass., has overall responsibility and oversight of the program to recapitalize AN/ASM-146 and AN/ASM-147 shelters and AN/ASM-189 and AN/ASM-190 vans used as the primary maintenance facilities for the entire Army electronics maintenance mission for combat service support.
They provide a sheltered facility for bench testing, repair and calibration of avionics, communication, electronic, navigation, photographic and infrared systems. Upgrades include improvements to power service and signal interface components, and U. S. Army Combined Arms Support Command recommendations.
These enhancements will improve efficiencies and maintenance capabilities for the Soldier maintainer, and provide an Electronic Maintenance Shop that will support the Two-Level Maintenance Concept.
PM FSS manages the cost, schedule and performance of the program. Working closely with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, they draft the order for the fiscal year Electronic Shop Van Recapitalization inductions and fielding schedule. Tobyhanna Army Depot technicians rebuild the shelters and vans and C-E LCMC executes the fielding plan.
Tobyhanna Army Depot has been involved in this program since its inception, initially producing the modification work order and new technical manuals. Shelters and vans are completely disassembled, and sheetmetal is replaced or repaired, tested for leaks and painted.
Systems Integration and Support Directorate technicians manufacture several new racks, straps and braces to support upgrades to shelter and van systems. As part of the power service improvements, three-phase power was added, requiring re-wiring of the entire van or shelter.
Other upgrades were improved power entrance box connectors, Single Channel Ground and Air Radio System antenna interfaces, and run-time meters. Access to a Local Area Network and remote telephone connections are now available.
At the onset of the recapitalization program, Army leadership decided to limit the number of vans identified for recapitalization to 957 of the 2,750 total worldwide based on the minimum number of systems to support the Army’s “First to Fight” force, now modular brigades and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, not the total force. This partial fleet quantity is to serve as a bridge to an undetermined Training and Doctrine Command modernization program plan.
Tobyhanna Army Depot has completed a total of 442 vans and shelters through January 2005. The C-E LCMC has executed fieldings at 12 sites, giving warfighters 328 recapitalized assets. Five additional unit fieldings are scheduled for this fiscal year.
Recapitalized systems are then fielded to active Army and National Guard units based upon deployment or other priorities.
The recapitalization program began full production in Fiscal Year 2003 and is scheduled to continue through 2007. The program’s goal is to reduce the average worldwide electronic shop fleet age from 24.5 years to 18.2 years by 2012.