Original Date: 01/26/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2003
Information : Apache Helicopter Pre-Modification Process
The Army has begun a remanufacturing effort to modify up to 758 AH-64A helicopters to the AH- 64D configuration. Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) provides depot support to Boeing in conjunction with the remanufacturing of the AH-64A helicopter. The Boeing Company-Mesa, (formerly McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems) is the original equipment manufacturer of the AH-64 helicopter. Boeing pre-modifies and remanufactures the AH-64A into the AH-64D. CCAD provides depot support to the remanufacturing effort for crash damage, experimental and Category B (Trainer Aircraft) entering this program.
Once an aircraft designated for remanufacture has been inducted at CCAD, it is completely disassembled, and pre-shop analysis inspections are conducted. The Depot inspects and evaluates approximately 3,000 parts from the AH-64A configuration per the Input Configuration Document. The parts are then either repaired, demilitarized, sent to the AH-64A supply pipeline, sent to Storage, Analysis, Failure Evaluation, and Reclamation, or cleaned and packed for shipping to Boeing. CCAD also repairs, modifies, and prepares the fuselage for shipment to Boeing, including applying any outstanding modifications and making any necessary repairs. The airframe and components are packaged as a kit and sent to Boeing to begin the remanufacture process.
Successful execution of this program required CCAD to establish and maintain an open communication system with Boeing to facilitate the exchange of critical information. Through weekly phone conferences, CCAD is informed of current document changes and any new requirements which allow the Depot to respond to these changes in a more timely manner. The capabilities used on this present Apache program can be leveraged to support similar aircraft remanufacturing programs in the future.
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