Military builders design helicopter antenna mount | Navy scene
Difficult problems require teamwork.
When the CH-47 Chinook D was upgraded to F, installing the floor of the Compact On-Loading Off-Loading system eliminated the cable routing for the Telemetry Engagement Simulation System antenna. The TESS antenna is part of a kit temporarily installed for Combat Aviation Training. It offers GPS functions for war games that can be used to prepare soldiers for battle.
It was a challenge to readiness. The engineers at Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Aviation & Missile Center knew they needed to help with the solution. The Cargo Helicopters Project Office reached out to AvMC to support efforts to identify a new location for the antenna, design the bracket, and relocate the Smart Onboard Interface Module.
“Since there was no way for the antenna cable, a new antenna bracket had to be designed. The new location needed to allow installation and removal without altering the aircraft in any way, ”said Rob Peter, head of the cargo team for the AvMC Systems Readiness Directorate. “I begged the engineers on the team: ‘You can make a hole. ‘This was a big challenge. “
The effort included developing all related drawings and specifications, which came with 27 kits containing the parts for the redesign, and required collaboration between the AvMC Systems Readiness Directorate. Cargo Helicopters Publications, Cargo Helicopters Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations; the program executive office for simulation, training and instrumentation; Washington Headquarters Services National Center for Manufacturing Science Commercial technologies for maintenance; and Elevate Systems LLC.
“Nobody in DEVCOM can do everything,” said Peter. “The SRD Maintenance Airworthiness Division has set itself the task of bringing together the necessary engineering services and prototyping skills through the WHS NCMS contact with Elevate Systems. This accelerated contact vehicle was instrumental in keeping the schedule. The cooperation with Cargo PM TESS and PEO STRI was crucial in order to meet the changing requirements. Early and frequent communication with SRD’s airworthiness and structures departments also played a key role in ensuring that the final design was acceptable from all perspectives. “
Numerous possible solutions were examined together until a successful one was found. So far, 27 antenna mounts have been shipped to ensure the warfighter is ready to fight tonight.
“With the US Army AvMC people in the driver’s seat, they formed the ‘Dream Team’ to quickly resolve this complex problem and support the CH-47F Chinook,” said Scott Gray, President of Elevate Systems LLC. “The installation of the TESS antenna required a new, functional design so that US Army personnel could quickly install the system for training and then uninstall the system so the aircraft could return to active mission duties.”
“Realistic combat simulation training in the CONUS and OCONUS combat training centers is crucial for the readiness of the army,” said Peter. “The CH-47F Chinook can now be brought back into this fold with all TESS functions.”