Avenger Modification Program
The spring of 2017 saw some noteworthy challenges for the depot when Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) approached our depot with a Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) program in the form of 72 Avengers requiring overhaul.
The AN/TWQ-1 Avenger system, based on a M1097A1 HMMWV chassis, was removed from Army Divisional units starting back in 2004, leaving an air defense capability gap within the US Army’s Brigade Combat Teams. With national security interest to protect our maneuver forces increasing, LEAD was selected to overhaul and recapitalize the first of 72 Avengers for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI).
Realizing challenges with Line Replacement Unit (LRU) obsolescence, limited supply posture, outdated supply vendors, minimal repair capabilities, contractual constraints, and diminishing manufacturing sources for proprietary items, LEAD began executing reclamation efforts on 22 Avenger turrets to help support the EDI mission. These reclamation efforts generated a saving of $8.99M for CMDS while generating $10.7M in recovered assets for the program. Those recovered assets are currently being used to support EDI efforts.
March 2017 saw LEAD inducting the first vehicles for EDI overhaul, producing three per month for the first two months then increasing to four for the next six months. Currently the Letterkenny Avenger team and supporting shops now generate six systems per month with the first set of 36 Short Range Air Defenses due for delivery by Feb. 10, 2018, and the final delivery of all remaining systems scheduled for Sep. 2018.