Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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to correct problem areas and implemented the use of corrosion preventing compounds where applicable. We use the Analytical Condition Inspection program and field service reports to identify and address new and emerging problem areas. A&M: How are we ensuring that we support the global reach mission with sustainment and modernization of our C-5 and C-17s? Lt. Gen. Levy: We continually analyze performance through aircraft integrity programs to identify any reliability issues or capability shortfalls. As concerns are identified, we have robust engineering processes to determine the best course of action to address the concern. For improving sustainment, actions could include additional inspections and preventive maintenance, redesigning high failure parts, improved overhaul procedures, or similar actions to improve reliability and maintainability. For modernization, we carefully plan to replace obsolete parts before they impact mission capability and we develop new capabilities as required to meet federal mandates or new global reach mission requirements. The Air Force Sustainment Center is focused every day on delivering sustainment and readiness across the entire Air Force, for Global Reach, as well as Global Power and Global Vigilance. A&M: Are there any scenarios that demonstrate how C-17 sustainment is enabling the joint fight, or any stories about overcoming challenges to meet warfighter requirements? Lt. Gen. Levy: Yes, C-17 sustainment efforts contribute significantly to the Mission Capable Rate of 84.8 percent for FY16 which allows our users to support all operations, to include joint operations. Currently our Boeing Recovery And Modifications Services (RAMS) teams are repairing a cargo floor section in a United Kingdom C-17 aircraft at Joint-Base Charleston. RAMS is also at a base in the Middle East to replace broken Main Landing Gear Trunnions on two USAF C-17s. Several recent sustainment modifications that have enhanced joint warfighter capabilities, such as a Secure Enroute Communication Package Improvement, combat lighting, a Formation Flying System to enable flight in all weather conditions to meet AMC's Global Response Force requirement for a Strategic Brigade Airdrop (SBA), Fixed Installation Satellite Antenna and Dynamic Retasking Capability (DRC) to support Army/Joint Special Operations JSOC/Australia requirements, and additional fuel capacity to extend the range of the aircraft with upgrades to the On Board Inert Gas Generating System to make the aircraft fuel tanks less explosive in combat situations. The entire Air Force Sustainment Center, across 22 locations in 17 states, is directly supporting the joint warfighter with sustain- ment and readiness solutions to exceed warfighter requirements. Our mission is to deliver sustainment and logistics readiness to deliver combat power for America. Our work with the C-130 and C-17 are just examples of how we do that every day. © 2017 Trijicon, Inc. Wixom, MI USA 1-800-338-0563 17TRIJ11410-1/2 Introducing the Trijicon MGRS ™ (Machine Gun Refl ex Sight) THE NEXT BRILLIANT THING. IMPROVES FIRST ROUND HIT ACCURACY the large objective lens, adjustable brightness settings and interchangeable ranging dials provide increased ability to acquire and engage targets INTERCHANGEABLE RANGE KNOBS dial in target distances for M2 or M240 weapons FORGED 7075 ALUMINUM HOUSING virtually indestructible aircraft grade aluminum OPTIONAL 3X MAGNIFIER ensures target identifi cation and acquisition at extended distances T H E S C I E N C E o f B R I L L I A N T o f B R I L L I A N T o f . ™ Find out more at AIR SUSTAINMENT C-130 ENGINE/C-17 LIFE CYCLE Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017 | 15

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