Redesign of Engine Production Lines to Sustain Manufacturing Capabilities

NCMS Project #: 142026

Problem: Switching over manufacturing and restarting production lines is not an overnight proposition for most products, but critical needs may be urgent, and the ability to move quickly and efficiently are a hallmark of the commercial sector.  For the U.S. organic defense industrial base which requires significant resources to maintain and sustain older production and facilities, experience with production restarts is not as widespread as the commercial sector.

Benefit: A robust pre-production planning and analysis activity can help lead to a more balanced approach and better-informed decisions needed to get a production line restarted or modified over time at affordable and sustainable costs.  Leveraging the commercial sector’s most advanced technologies, processes, and procedures for resuming and modernizing a restarted production line can provide a viable option for other shipyards, depots and arsenals across the defense organic industrial base.

Solution/Approach: The overall objective of this initiative is to develop, pilot, and demonstrate a common process and set of tools to effectively and efficiently restart a previously deactivated new AGT1500 engine production line at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD).  This will help maintain and sustain the Army’s organic industrial base’s ability to continue the production of the Abrams tank to meet new requirements.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Ensure availability and quality of critical products and goods
  • Provide strategic flexibility and agility to ramp up production
  • Increase nation’s organic industrial base capability and capacity
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army, Anniston Army Depot (ANAD)
  • U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army, Project Manager, Main Battle Tank Systems (PM Abrams)
  • Product Director, Foreign Military Sales (FMS)

Industry Participation:

  • Honeywell Aerospace and Defense
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Alternate Manufacturing Methods