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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a critical program schedule. The UH-60V program will upgrade the UH-60L aircraft with a digital cockpit. The open architecture- based cockpit design replaces analog gauges with digital multifunctional displays and enhances situational awareness for aviation warfighters. The UH-60V, which features one of the Army's most advanced avionics solutions, has a pilot-vehicle interface that is nearly identical to the UH 60M. AMRDEC's rapid design and integration of this aircraft, designated Engineering Development Model (EDM) 1, has enabled the timely transition to initial System Level Tests, and, eventually, the upgrade of the 760-aircraft fleet occurring within the Army Organic Industrial Base at the Texas-based Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). 2017 INNOVATIVE CONTRIBUTION The Aviation and Missile Command is leading an effort to equip warfighters with a Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) that is an ongoing collaborative effort brought about by the mission command realignment order that AMCOM has coined as "Unified Action." This effort increases strategic and unit readiness through synchronization and prioritization of efforts across Army aviation and missile platforms. The MML, a part of the Indirect Fires Protection Capability, is a prime example of the collaborative impact that Unified Action has produced. Team members from the AMRDEC and the Program Executive Office, Missiles and Space include more than 150 subject matter experts - across the AMCOM enterprise – who have designed, manufactured, procured, assembled and tested the Army's newest air defense launcher. The MML Product Team has leveraged more than 85 industry partners to assist in design and manufacturing. Using in-house assets has allowed the Army to save time and money in the procurement process, and will also result in significant lifecycle sustainment savings. Multi-Mission Launcher prototypes have been designed, developed, manufactured, procured, assembled and tested by the AMRDEC, leveraging more than 12 contract vehicles with more than 100 industry suppliers. The MML is mounted on a medium tactical truck. The launcher can rotate 360 degrees and elevate from zero to 90 degrees. It consists of 15 tubes, each of which can hold either a single large interceptor or multiple smaller interceptors. Developed using an open systems architecture, the launcher will interface to the Integrated Battle Command Station Engagement Operations Center. The truck will also pull a trailer that has a missile data link to communicate with interceptors in flight. In an unprecedented move for AMCOM, Low Rate Initial Production of the MML will occur at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pennsylvania. Programs like this increase the awareness of the impact that the Army Materiel Command and the AMCOM Team is making to enable Army readiness. WORKING THE TEAM CONCEPT AMCOM Team members have the expertise to assure that support equipment is being maintained to high and rigorous standards. AMCOM remains committed to the precepts that have been delineated under 'Operation Unified Action.' Viewed from the macro level, the Mission Alignment order has enhanced our ability to jointly provide Soldiers with the best technology to meet emerging requirements. The AMCOM Unified Action Team is involved in all phases – Material Solution Analysis; Technology Development; Engineering Manufacturing and Development; Production and Deployment; Operations and Support; Demilitarization – of the Acquisition Life Cycle. Our number one priority is Unified Action. This is about readiness for our Soldiers. Readiness is a team sport. Coming up with solutions is one example where we all benefit from Unified Action. The prioritization and visibility of programs lets the commander see what is going on across the enterprise. Improving correlation and communication at my level and above increases strategic and unit readiness. The Aviation and Missile Command's Materiel Enterprise is absolutely critical to setting the conditions and security for our nation, its deployed formations and our allies. The security environment of today would not exist without the security that the AMCOM Enterprise provides in both active daily missions and in deterrence. Key to that Enterprise, since February 17, 2016, has been the Mission Realignment Order that collectively bonds the Army Contracting Command – Redstone and the Aviation Missile Research and Development Center with AMCOM. AMCOM is vitally important, and plays a significant role in the Army's ability to Enable Readiness at the Point of Need. General Mark Milley, the Army Chief of Staff, emphasizes that Readiness is the Number 1 Priority, and that there is no other Number 1. Through our partnerships and teamwork we, collectively, are able to deliver synergistic and innovative, state-of-the-art solutions to meet that Readiness Priority. Because we – as a Team - focus on designing in sustainability and reliability in weapon systems from the outset, we can reduce Operation and Maintenance cost drivers. Factoring in these capabilities produces the best value over the life cycle of a weapon system, as we synchronize and prioritize efforts to meet complex challenges. The UH-60 Black Hawk fleet is planned to serve warfighters through 2075. (Army) COMMAND PROFILE AMCOM Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017 | 27

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