CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Letterkenny Army Depot recently celebrated its Aviation Ground Power Unit with a ribbon cutting for its build-to-assemble and first-article testing programs.
The depot commander, Col. Cheri A. Provancha, was joined by representatives from Headquarters Aviation, Aviation Ground Support Equipment, and Aviation Field Maintenance Division.
Provancha provided a brief history of the Aviation Ground Power Unit program, which began in December 2005 when the depot was tasked by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to induct assets into a service life extension program.
The aviation ground power unit provides support to a wide range of helicopters within the Army’s inventory. This system is the source of strength that provides A/C and D/C power, hydraulic pressure and pneumatic power to assist in aircraft testing and trouble shooting.
The success from the program produced additional work.
When the Army urgently needed additional inventory, Letterkenny was contacted to become the original equipment manufacturer for the Aviation Ground Power Unit New Build, Build to Assemble E-Model.
“Funding for the program was accepted in September 2010 with more workload to come if we could prove ourselves through the production and supply processes,” Provancha said in a news release.
The depot received an opportunity to fix the Army’s equipment shortage in July 2011, she said.
The first major milestone occurred as the depot began testing on the components in early August 2011. The test results on the complete unit was approved during the week of Feb. 13 to 16 of 2012.
At the ceremony, guest speaker Col. Anthony Potts commended the employees on their creativity, manpower and innovate ideas.
“You are the unsung heroes to the guys in the field as they have blind faith that the piece of equipment they turn on will work and work well,” he said.
In addition to manufacturing the aviation ground power unit, the was also tasked with doing a complete technical data package.
Depot “engineering personnel have been correcting and developing drawings to make a complete, synchronized and correct package, which will provide a step by step on how to build an AGPU,” Provancha said.
The depot will continue to develop in-house manufacturing capabilities on sub-assemblies and wiring harnesses.
The aviation ground power unit system is deployed in various locations worldwide.