UH-1N Global Position System (GPS)

UH-1N Global Position System (GPS)

Apache was awarded a contract to manufacture 140 GPS installation kits for US Navy UH-1N’s.  Each kit consisted of 86 part numbers.  This was a multi-year, multi-million dollar program.

The manufacturing requirements for this program were very diverse.  Apache was required to manufacture five complex electrical control boxes.  The cockpit installation of the system required sheet metal assemblies and machined components that included panels, brackets, doublers, templates, mount assemblies, shelves, adapters, trays, covers, etc.  External structures were modified with new antenna mounts, brackets, doublers, etc.

Apache’s support of this program was noteworthy due to the poor condition of the Navy’s technical data package.  Apache identified and corrected major drawing problems impacting over 50% of the items in the kit.  Apache was awarded a supplemental contract to develop the appropriate design changes and integrate these changes into the parts.  Apache also provided a value-added benefit to the Navy through our performance of a factory-level kit proof of the system.  Apache identified many dimensional problems during the manufacturing process that would otherwise not have been isolated until the installation of the prototype kit.

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