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NAVY TRAINING SYSTEM PLAN

FOR THE

AN/AQS-14A

SONAR DETECTING SET

N75-NTSP-P-30-9903/A

APRIL 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The AN/AQS-14A SONAR Detecting Set is a high resolution, side-looking helicopter towed mine hunting system used to detect, localize, classify, mark, and permanently record locations of unburied bottom and moored sea mines and other objects of interest. It is a modification to the existing AN/AQS-14 system. The AN/AQS-14A is designed to be operationally employed by Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadrons operating the MH-53E Helicopter in support of Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) operations. The AMCM community is a worldwide rapid deployment force operating from shore bases and helicopter capable ships. The AN/AQS-14A system has completed all major acquisition milestones and is in Phase III (Production, Fielding/Deployment, and Operational Support) of the Weapon System Acquisition Process.

The AN/AQS-14A replaces selected components of the AN/AQS-14 to modernize airborne hardware, reduce the system's volume, and improve operability and processing. The port and starboard SONAR scan video monitors are replaced by a single 19-inch color monitor which displays port and starboard SONAR scan data. The Scan Converter is eliminated, with its function incorporated into a Control Processor that uses a joystick to allow the console operator to accurately mark and record the position of a mine-like object or other object of interest. A Power Distribution Unit replaces the System Power and Test Unit and features a redesigned front panel with simplified controls.

The manpower required for operational and maintenance support of the AN/AQS-14A is governed by operational requirements combined with preventive and corrective maintenance requirements. Existing AN/AQS-14 billets at the organizational and intermediate levels are sufficient to support the AN/AQS-14A.

The AN/AQS-14A system utilizes the three level maintenance concept per OPNAVINST 4790.2G. Since parts of the system either operate directly in salt water or are exposed to the salt-water environment, vigorous corrosion control inspection and correction procedures are essential maintenance actions for both organizational and intermediate levels of maintenance. Navy Aviation Technicians with Navy Enlisted Classification 8391 perform organizational and intermediate level maintenance. Northrop-Grumman Oceanic Division personnel perform depot level maintenance and perform on-site services as required.

Follow-on maintenance training for the AN/AQS-14A is conducted at Maintenance Training Unit 1031, Naval Air Maintenance Training Unit, Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia. Pilot and Aircrew follow-on training is conducted at AMCM Weapon Systems Training School, NS Norfolk, Virginia.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

Executive Summary i

List of Acronyms iii

Preface v

PART I - TECHNICAL PROGRAM DATA

A. Nomenclature-Title-Program I-1

B. Security Classification I-1

C. Manpower, Personnel, and Training Principals I-1

D. System Description I-2

E. Developmental Test and Operational Test I-2

F. Aircraft and/or Equipment/System/Subsystem Replaced I-2

G. Description of New Development I-2

H. Concepts I-6

I. Onboard (In-Service) Training I-11

J. Logistics Support I-12

K. Schedules I-13

L. Government-Furnished Equipment and Contractor-Furnished Equipment Training Requirements I-13

M. Related NTSPs and Other Applicable Documents I-14

PART II - BILLET AND PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS II-1

PART III - TRAINING REQUIREMENTS III-1

PART IV - TRAINING LOGISTICS SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS IV-1

PART V - MPT MILESTONES V-1

PART VI - DECISION ITEMS/ACTION REQUIRED VI-1

PART VII - POINTS OF CONTACT VII-1

 

 

 

LIST OF ACRONYMS

AE

Aviation Electrician's Mate

AIMD

Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department

AMCM

Airborne Mine Countermeasures

AMTCS

Aviation Maintenance Training Continuum System

AT

Aviation Electronics Technician

AWSTS

Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School

   

BITE

Built-In Test Equipment

   

CBT

Computer-Based Training

CETS

Contractor Engineering Technical Services

CNO

Chief of Naval Operations

CSS

Coastal Systems Station

   

FY

Fiscal Year

   

HM

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures

   

IETM

Interactive Electronic Technical Manual

ILSP

Integrated Logistics Support Plan

ILTE

Intermediate Level Test Equipment

ISSP

Interim Supply Support Plan

   

MIR

Mission Interface Removables

MP

Maintenance Plan

MRC

Maintenance Requirements Card

MSD

Material Support Date

MSU

Material Support Unit

MTIP

Maintenance Training Improvement Program

MTU

Maintenance Training Unit

MUW

Mine and Undersea Warfare

   

NA

Not Applicable

NAMTRAU

Naval Air Maintenance Training Unit

NAS

Naval Air Station

NAVPERSCOM

Naval Personnel Command

NEC

Navy Enlisted Classification

NS

Naval Station

NTSP

Navy Training System Plan

   

OI

Objects of Interest

OPEVAL

Operational Evaluation

   

PEO

Program Executive Office

PMS

Program Manager, Surface

PSS

Performance Support System

   

RFT

Ready For Training

   

SRA

Shop Replaceable Assembly

   

TECHEVAL

Technical Evaluation

TTE

Technical Training Equipment

TD

Training Device

   

WRA

Weapon Replaceable Assembly

PREFACE

This Approved Navy Training Systems Plan (NTSP) for the AN/AQS-14A SONAR Detecting Set is an update of the Draft NTSP, N85-NTSP-P-30-9903/D, dated September 1999, and complies with guidelines set forth in the Navy Training Requirements Documentation Manual OPNAV Publication P-751-1-9-97. Changes from the Draft NTSP to the Approved NTSP primarily include updated program information, points of contact, and the removal of operator training information that is currently identified in the MH-53E NTSP, N88-NTSP-A-50-8417D/A. It incorporates comments received on the September 1999 Draft version.

N75-NTSP-P-30-9903/A

April 2001

PART I - TECHNICAL PROGRAM DATA

A. NOMENCLATURE-TITLE-PROGRAM

1. Nomenclature-Title-Acronym. AN/AQS-14A SONAR Detecting Set

2. Program Element. 0204302N

B. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION. Information in specific detail that performance and/or tactical information is revealed or implied may be classified. Information of this nature may be obtained by contacting the Program Executive Officer Mine and Undersea Warfare (PEO [MUW]), Program Manager Surface, Airborne Mine Defense (PMS210).

1. System Characteristics Unclassified

2. Capabilities Unclassified

3. Functions Unclassified

C. MANPOWER, PERSONNEL, AND TRAINING PRINCIPALS

OPNAV Principal Official (OPO) Program Sponsor CNO (N752)

OPO Resource Sponsor CNO (N759)

Functional Mission Sponsor (if applicable) CNO (N752)

Developing Agency PEO (MUW) PMS210

Training Agency CINCLANTFLT

CNET

Training Support Agency PEO (MUW) PMS210

Manpower and Personnel Mission Sponsor CNO (N132)

NAVPERSCOM (PERS-4, PERS-404)

Director of Naval Training CNO (N7)

 

D. SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

1. Operational Uses. The AN/AQS-14A SONAR Detecting Set, from here on referred to as the AN/AQS-14A, is a helicopter-towed reconnaissance and minehunting system used to detect, localize, and classify unburied bottom and moored sea mines and other Objects of Interest (OI). It is deployed by Helicopter Mine Countermeasures (HM) Squadrons in support of Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) operations.

2. Foreign Military Sales. Not Applicable (NA)

E. DEVELOPMENTAL TEST AND OPERATIONAL TEST. Original testing and Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) of the AN/AQS-14 system was conducted in June 1979 by Coastal Systems Station (CSS), Panama City, Florida. The Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) was completed in September 1979 by the Commander, Operational Evaluation Force. Since this is an upgrade to an existing system, TECHEVAL and OPEVAL on the AN/AQS-14A system components was not required. First unit testing was performed by CSS and Northrop Grumman, Oceanic Systems during second quarter Fiscal Year (FY) 95 aboard the research vessel Athena. Airborne testing was performed immediately afterward.

F. AIRCRAFT AND/OR EQUIPMENT/SYSTEM/SUBSYSTEM REPLACED. The AN/AQS-14A upgrades and replaces selected Weapon Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs) of the AN/AQS-14 Detecting Set. The upgrade results in the modernization of airborne hardware, reduction of the system's total volume, and improvements in operability and processing.

G. DESCRIPTION OF NEW DEVELOPMENT

1. Functional Description. The AN/AQS-14A is a high resolution, side-looking SONAR detecting system that is streamed, towed, and recovered from the MH-53E Helicopter. Its mission is to locate, identify, and record types and locations of mines and other OI. The AN/AQS-14A is divided into three major groups of components, the SONAR Towed Body, the Tow Cable Assembly, and the Airborne Electronics Assembly. The system also utilizes Mission Interface Removeables (MIR) to interface the AN/AQS-14A with the helicopter. The AN/AQS-14A also features an optional Inversion Kit, which, when installed, allows the SONAR Towed Body to operate in the inverted mode to detect moored mines.

a. SONAR Towed Body (Unit 7). The SONAR Towed Body carries side-looking, multi-beam SONAR. It can maintain an operator-selected altitude above the bottom or depth below the surface by means of an active control system and sensors. It contains the electronics necessary to pre-process and multiplex the scan, environment, and control data, and process various control commands. The SONAR Towed Body is considered to be one WRA.

b. Tow Cable Assembly (Unit 6). The Tow Cable Assembly is an armored, non-magnetic cable that provides the mechanical and electrical signal link between the SONAR Towed Body and the helicopter. Signal multiplexing through the coaxial conductor makes possible a small cable diameter and low drag. The Tow Cable Assembly is considered one WRA and is dispensed and retrieved by a pallet-mounted hydraulic winch.

c. Airborne Electronics Assembly. The Airborne Electronics Assembly is pallet-mounted and installed forward in the MH-53E Helicopter and manned by two aircrew AMCM system operators. The Airborne Electronics Assembly includes the following WRAs:

(1) Video Monitor (Unit 1). The IP-1428A/AQS-14 Video Monitor is a 19-inch, high-resolution, 256-color monitor that displays port and starboard SONAR data and annotation data. It also displays target logs and SONAR coverage plots. It operates in conjunction with the Control-Processor (unit 2), and displays menu icons for operator control of the SONAR Towed Body (unit 7) and the Recorder-Reproducer (unit 4).

(2) Control-Processor (Unit 2). The CD-107/AQS-14A Control-Processor combines the AN/AQS-14 Control-Processor and Signal Data Converter into a single state-of-the-art Control Processor capable of advanced processing. The Control-Processor's major functions include:

  • Interface with the Power Distribution Unit by sending SONAR Towed Body sensor control data and receiving image data over the multiplexing-demultiplexing link
  • Interface with the Video Monitor for processing and displaying port and starboard SONAR image data, SONAR Towed Body status, and proper menu selected screens
  • Interface with the joystick for controlling the screen menu and data field on the Video Monitor
  • Interface with the Recorder-Reproducer for recording SONAR image data and for downloading mission planning information
  • Interface with the MH-53E navigational system for latitude and longitude information; compute SONAR Towed Body trail distance and track offset and compensate target positioning of SONAR Towed Body heading for target location calculations
  • Support of operator classification of marked targets and logs targets onto the Recorder-Reproducer tape periodically; providing operator interface menus for control of the processor functions

(3) Recorder-Reproducer (Unit 4). The RD-507A/AQS-14A Recorder-Reproducer replaces the previous analog tape recorder unit with a digital recorder-reproducer. This unit has been upgraded even further by replacing the initially developed Super VHS format tape drive with an 8-mm Exabyte format model. The unit records and reproduces digital SONAR image data, navigational data, and SONAR Towed Body status data.

(4) Power Distribution Unit (Unit 5). The redesigned PP-7835A/AQS-14 Power Distribution Unit distributes and monitors the power input to the Video Monitor, Control-Processor, Recorder-Reproducer, and the SONAR Towed Body. It also provides the multiplex link between the Tow Cable Assembly and the Control-Processor.

d. Interconnecting Cables. Each interconnecting cable (labeled W1 through W7 and W10 through 13) is considered to be a WRA. These cables provide the necessary signal and power connections to interface the airborne console components.

e. Mission Interface Removables. In addition to the AN/AQS-14A system components, the helicopter must be configured with certain MIR. The MIR is palletized for ease of installation and transport and is identical to that used by the AN/ALQ-141 Airborne Mine Countermeasures Set. The MIR major assemblies are described below:

(1) Console, Pallet, and Seat Assembly. This assembly is pallet-mounted and consists of two operator seats and a console that is capable of receiving the airborne electronics components of the AN/AQS-14A or the AN/ALQ-141.

(2) Single Winch II Pallet Assembly. Also pallet-mounted, this assembly consists of a single drum with level wind that is used to deploy and recover the towed vehicles of the AN/AQS-14A or the AN/ALQ-141.

(3) Davit Assembly. Attached to the floor of the aircraft by two quick release pins and two vertical bolts, this assembly is used to lift and deploy the SONAR Towed Body. The davit frame is driven fore and aft by a rotary hydraulic motor through a power hinge and gear reduction.

(4) Transport Cradle Assembly. This assembly is used to transport the SONAR Towed Body to and from the helicopter and to secure it to the helicopter ramp during flight.

f. Inversion Kit. The Inversion Kit is an optional feature that allows field conversions of the SONAR Towed Body for operation in an inverted mode to search for near-surface objects vice bottom search.

2. Physical Description

AN/AQS-14A SONAR DETECTING SET SYSTEM COMPONENTS

COMPONENT

WEIGHT

(POUNDS)

SIZE (INCHES)

(HEIGHT x WIDTH x DEPTH)

Video Monitor

75.0

16.37 x 20.25 x 19.59

Control-Processor

100.0

16.08 x 20.25 x 22.50

Recorder-Reproducer

61.5

10.5 x 20.25 x 22.00

Power Distribution Unit

125.0

16.08 x 20.25 x 22.50

Tow Cable Assembly

440.0

950 feet x 0.58

400 feet x 0.58

SONAR Towed Body

554.0

66.50 x 128.00 x 40.00

MISSION INTERFACE REMOVABLE

COMPONENT

WEIGHT

(POUNDS)

SIZE (INCHES)

(HEIGHT x WIDTH x DEPTH)

Davit Assembly

400

22.0 x 90.0 x 108.0 (See note.)

Single Winch II

482

37.5 x 50.0 x 41.0

Console, Pallet, and Seat Assembly

242

56.5 x 47.0 x 68.0

Transport Cradle Assembly

145

28.0 x 47.0 x 65.0

Note: Dimensions of the highest part of the Davit when lying flat.

3. New Development Introduction. The AN/AQS-14A is a modification to the existing AN/AQS-14 SONAR Detecting Set. Modifications were done by Northrop Grumman representatives on-site at HM-14 and HM-15.

4. Significant Interfaces. NA

5. New Features, Configurations, or Material. The AN/AQS-14A incorporates the following changes to the AN/AQS-14 system.

    • The port and starboard SONAR scan video monitors are replaced by a single 19-inch color monitor which displays port and starboard SONAR scan data, the main menu, and a control bar annotation display.
    • The Scan Converter (Unit 3) is eliminated. Its functions are incorporated into the Control-Processor.
    • The Control-Processor has been redesigned to include the Scan Converter and incorporates a joystick to allow the console operator to accurately mark and record the position of a mine-like OI.
    • The Power Distribution Unit replaces the system Power and Test Unit. It features a redesigned front panel with simplified power distribution controls.

H. CONCEPTS

1. Operational Concept. As part of the minehunting system, the AN/AQS-14A is used in conjunction with moored and influence mine sweeping in support of amphibious operations, clearance of ports, clearance of lines of communications, and riverine operations. The system is capable of detecting, classifying, and marking mines and other underwater objects, and can be used independently to provide mine reconnaissance, mine surveillance, and to provide data on bottom characteristics. The normal operating crew consists of a Pilot, Co-pilot, First Crewman, two certified Operators, and two AMCM aircrew used as launch and recovery personnel.

2. Maintenance Concept

a. Organizational. Organizational level maintenance is performed either on the flightline or while airborne. Organizational level maintenance is limited to pre-flight and post-flight inspection, minor flightline repairs, and troubleshooting using Built-In Test Equipment (BITE) to the faulty WRA level. The system is designed to minimize the frequency and complexity of maintenance at the organizational level. The AN/AQS-14A system is directly exposed to salt water and requires a vigilant corrosion control program. Organizational level maintenance is performed by Aviation Electronics Technicians (AT) with Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 8391 assigned to Work Center 16B. In-flight maintenance is limited to only fuse and/or bulb replacement etc., and is performed by AMCM aircrew personnel of various aviation ratings with NEC 8226.

Note: Aircraft AMCM configuration changes (entire system swap out, which includes the AN/AQS-14A) is accomplished by all organizational level rates working out of Work Center 230. This is not considered a corrective maintenance action.

(1) Preventive Maintenance. Preventive Maintenance normally occurs between missions and includes limited scheduled maintenance using Maintenance Requirements Cards (MRCs). Post-operation system corrosion control includes the cleaning and freshwater washdown of Units Six and Seven and cleaning of all Airborne Electronics Assembly WRAs and MIRs.

(2) Corrective Maintenance. Organizational level Corrective Maintenance is limited to replacement of bulbs and fuses, minor front panel adjustments, and cleaning and reseating loose or dirty connectors. Faulty WRAs identified using BITE are replaced and sent to the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) for repair.

b. Intermediate. Intermediate level maintenance is performed aboard ship or designated AIMDs ashore. Intermediate level maintenance consists of WRA repair through Shop Replaceable Assembly (SRA) replacement and selected SRA repair within the scope of repair capability. Intermediate level personnel also perform preventive and corrective corrosion inspections, treatment, and repair, and the lubrication of components as required. When deployed, intermediate level maintenance is performed by intermediate level trained squadron personnel using the AN/USM-668 SONAR Detecting Test Set commonly referred to as the Intermediate Level Test Equipment (ILTE). This test set contains nine WRAs located in a cabinet subdivided into three bays. The ILTE is housed in a transportable shelter called a Material Support Unit (MSU). The MSU contains all the equipment necessary to repair the AN/AQS-14A and document intermediate level maintenance actions. Intermediate level maintenance is performed by Aviation Electrician's Mates (AE) and ATs assigned to Work Center 74C who have completed training by a Northrop Grumman representative using the Northrop Grumman developed intermediate level course. No NEC is associated with this course and the intermediate level technician may or may not have been through the NEC 8391 track. Further information on this course is in the Training Concept below.

c. Depot. Northrop Grumman, Oceanic Systems, Annapolis, Maryland, performs depot level maintenance. Systems and components are returned to the depot level under the Return Material for Repair program. All WRAs, SRAs, and repairable Sub-SRAs where the repair is deemed beyond the capability of the intermediate level are shipped through normal supply channels. Depot level maintenance also includes system calibration beyond normal adjustments. The SONAR Towed Body is planned for depot level overhaul every five years.

d. Interim Maintenance. Contractor Engineering Technical Services (CETS) is provided by Northrop-Grumman Oceanic Systems personnel. A CETS field representative is currently based out of Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia. This representative supports the AMCM squadrons based at NS Norfolk and Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, and their supporting AIMDs with technical support and training on an on-going and as-needed basis. The CETS field representative deploys with the squadrons. An Interim Supply Support Plan (ISSP) has been promulgated until the Material Support Date (MSD) can be achieved. MSD is currently planned for August 30, 2001.

e. Life-Cycle Maintenance Plan. The SONAR Towed Body is planned to be completely overhauled as part of the Standard Depot Level Maintenance (SDLM) program. All fleet units that have been in service for five years are sent to the depot level for restoration to a like-new condition. High wear items are replaced, electronics are tested, aligned, and calibrated, and cosmetic repairs are made to the outer shell and windows. No other units of the system are included in a scheduled life-cycle maintenance plan.

3. Manning Concept. The upgrade of the AN/AQS-14 and redesignation to the AN/AQS-14A does not require any change to current quantitative and qualitative manpower or watch station requirements. Refer to Part II of this NTSP for specific activities' manpower requirements.

4. Training Concept. Formal training is required to support the operational and maintenance aspects of the AN/AQS-14A. Pilots and aircrew receive operational training in aircraft and all AMCM systems, including the AN/AQS-14A, at Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS), NS Norfolk, Virginia as delineated in the MH-53E Navy Training System Plan, N88-NTSP-A-50-8417D/A. AMCM training flights are conducted at the fleet squadron where the pilots and aircrew are assigned. Organizational level maintenance personnel receive training at Maintenance Training Unit (MTU) 1031, Naval Air Maintenance Training Unit (NAMTRAU) NS Norfolk. Currently intermediate level maintenance training is conducted at the supporting AIMD utilizing a Northrop Grumman CETS representative and the Northrop Grumman developed intermediate level course.

CNO tasking has directed MTU 1031, NAMTRAU Norfolk to develop intermediate level training. Incorporating the newly released Northrop Grumman intermediate level course into the existing training pipeline and the support of a dedicated ILTE will satisfy the requirement. This course is currently awaiting preliminary approval with a proposed Ready For Training (RFT) date of November 2000.

Additionally CNO tasking directed MTU 1031, NAMTRAU Norfolk to develop stand-alone "type F" training for the aircraft configurations branch, (Work Center 230) to include BITE operation for the AN/AQS-14A system. Currently, there is no available formal training for the maintenance personnel responsible for installation and pre-operational checks of the AN/AQS-14A after it is configured into the helicopter. Information on this course will be included in future updates to this NTSP after the curriculum has been developed by MTU 1031, NAMTRAU Norfolk.

The Performance Support System (PSS) (Figure I-1) maintenance and training concept has been incorporated for the AN/AQS-14A transition. AMCM squadrons and AIMDs are equipped with stand-alone computer systems housing both Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) and Computer-Based Training (CBT). Each AMCM squadron is outfitted with four PSSs, and each AIMD with three. The AN/AQS-14A transition software was installed into these existing systems upon site activation. The IETMs include appropriate technical information and supply support data to complete maintenance actions. Instructional material for the organizational and intermediate level CBT has been delivered with all associated instructional material to HM-14, HM-15, AIMD Norfolk, AIMD Corpus Christi, and the USS Inchon, with final delivery completed in July 1999. All CBT training is currently on-line. Materials include the CBT lessons, instructor guides, and student guides. These materials, in conjunction with an operational AN/AQS-14A and required support equipment, are used to provide fleet In-Service Training. There are two maintenance related CBT courses for the AN/AQS-14A. They are:

    • Organizational level (contains 16 lessons)
    • Intermediate level (contains 18 lessons)

Figure I-1. Performance Support System

a. Initial Training. Initial maintenance and operator training courses were developed by Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman personnel conducted the initial intermediate level maintenance training, while personnel from CSS, Panama City, conducted both the initial operator and organizational level maintenance training. All initial training is complete.

b. Follow-on Training. Follow-on training for maintenance and aircrew operator personnel is conducted at MTU 1031, NAMTRAU Norfolk and AWSTS, Norfolk, respectively.

The AN/AQS-14A has a minor impact and causes no change in student throughput or chargeable student billets for the MH-53E Fleet Replacement Aircrew AMCM Operator course. Refer to the MH-53E NTSP for specific training requirements for AMCM Operators.

COURSE

NUMBER

COURSE TITLE

TRACK

NUMBER

RFT DATE

D-050-2720

AN/AQS-14 Side Looking SONAR Operator

D-050-2793

Currently available

Maintenance training for the AN/AQS-14A is currently accomplished utilizing course C-102-9728. This course currently teaches only organizational level maintenance. Incorporation of intermediate level maintenance training into C-102-9728 will change the content and course length of this course. The source rating will also be updated to include AE for this training. Following course approval, this information will be included in future updates to this NTSP. The following maintenance training table illustrates the training currently available.

Title

AMCM Electronic/Electrical Systems Organizational / Intermediate Maintenance

CIN

D-102-2727

Model Manager

MTU 1031

Description

This track provides students with sufficient knowledge of the AN/AQS-14A system including operation, repair, corrosion control and prevention, and emergency and scheduled maintenance procedures. Upon completion the student will be able to perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on the AN/AQS-14A system under limited supervision.

Location

MTU 1031, NAMTRAU NS Norfolk, Virginia

Length

Currently 61 days (82 days with intermediate level included)

RFT date

Currently available (FY01 with intermediate level included)

Skill identifier

AT 8391 (AE 8391 included in FY01)

TTE/TD

Training Device: AN/AQS-14A Console and complete system classroom "hot mock-up"

Computer student stations for viewing IETMs

Prerequisites

AT: C-100-2018, Avionics Technician O Level Class A1

AE: C-602-2039, Aviation Electrician's Mate Strand Class A1

c. Student Profiles

SKILL IDENTIFIER

PREREQUISITE

SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

AE 8391

  • C-100-2020, Avionics Common Core Class A1
  • C-602-2039, Aviation Electrician's Mate Strand Class A1

AT 8391

  • C-100-2020, Avionics Common Core Class A1
  • C-100-2018, Avionics Technician O Level Class A1

 

d. Training Pipelines. The pipeline training track, D-102-2727, AMCM Electronic/Electrical Systems Organization/Intermediate Maintenance will be impacted by the revision of C-102-9728. The revisions will include:

    • Addition of AE as a source rating
    • Incorporation of intermediate level maintenance training
    • New course length is projected to be 82 days as outlined in the Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Training Project Plan dated July 1999

I. ONBOARD (IN-SERVICE) TRAINING

1. Proficiency or Other Training Organic to the New Development

a. Maintenance Training Improvement Program. The Maintenance Training Improvement Program (MTIP) is used to establish an effective and efficient training system responsive to fleet training requirements. MTIP is a training management tool that, through diagnostic testing, identifies individual training deficiencies at the organizational and intermediate levels of maintenance. MTIP is the comprehensive testing of one's knowledge. It consists of a bank of test questions managed through automated data processing. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Training assisted in development of MTIP by providing those question banks (software) already developed by the Navy. MTIP was implemented per OPNAVINST 4790.2 series. MTIP allows increased effectiveness in the application of training resources through identification of skills and knowledge deficiencies at the activity, work center, or individual technician level. Refresher training is concentrated where needed to improve identified skill and knowledge shortfalls. MTIP will be replaced by the Aviation Maintenance Training Continuum System (AMTCS). Current planning is for AMTCS to begin initial implementation in third quarter FY00.

Commander Naval Air Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) has discontinued using MTIP. They are currently using maintenance data products as a source to determine maintenance training deficiencies until AMTCS is implemented.

b. Aviation Maintenance Training Continuum System. AMTCS will provide career path training to the Sailor or Marine from their initial service entry to the end of their military career. AMTCS is planned to be an integrated system that will satisfy the training and administrative requirements of both the individual and the organization. The benefits will be manifested in the increased effectiveness of the technicians and the increased efficiencies of the management of the training business process. By capitalizing on technological advances and integrating systems and processes where appropriate, the right amount of training can be provided at the right time, thus meeting the CNO's mandated "just-in-time" training approach.

Technology investments enable the development of several state-of-the-art training and administrative tools: CBT for the technicians in the Fleet in the form of Interactive Courseware (ICW) with Computer Managed Instruction (CMI) and Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) for the schoolhouse.

Included in the AMTCS development effort is the Aviation Maintenance Training Continuum System - Software Module (ASM) which provides testing [Test and Evaluation (TEV)], recording [Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ)], and a Feedback system. The core functionality of these AMTCS tools are based and designed around the actual maintenance-related tasks the technicians perform, and the tasks are stored and maintained in a Master Task List (MTL) data bank. These tools are procured and fielded with appropriate COTS hardware and software, i.e., Fleet Training Devices (FTD) - Laptops, PCs, Electronic Classrooms (ECR), Learning Resource Centers (LRC), operating software, and network software and hardware.

Upon receipt of direction from OPNAV (N789H), AMTCS is to be implemented and the new tools integrated into the daily training environment of all participating aviation activities and supporting elements. AMTCS will serve as the standard training system for aviation maintenance training within the Navy and Marine Corps, and is planned to supersede the existing MTIP and Maintenance Training Management and Evaluation Program (MATMEP) programs.

2. Personnel Qualification Standards. There are no Personnel Qualification Standards requirements developed for this system.

3. Other Onboard or In-Service Training Packages. NA

J. LOGISTICS SUPPORT

1. Manufacturer and Contract Numbers

CONTRACT NUMBER

MANUFACTURER

ADDRESS

N00024-93-G-6336

Northrop-Grumman Oceanic Systems

895 Oceanic Drive

Annapolis, MD 21401

2. Program Documentation. An Integrated Logistics Support Plan (ILSP), Maintenance Plan (MP), and Draft Training Set (AN/AQS-14A-T1) MP have been developed and distributed by PMS210. The next review and revision is expected during FY00.

3. Technical Data Plan. Technical publications necessary to support training and maintenance for the AN/AQS-14A are itemized in Part IV.B.3 of this document. MRCs have been developed and distributed in support of the system's Planned Maintenance System requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center, CSS, Panama City (Code A22) ensures all required approved publications have been delivered and newly developed documents are distributed.

4. Test Sets, Tools, and Test Equipment. Refer to Part IV.A.1 of this NTSP for Test Sets, Tools, and Test Equipment requirements.

5. Repair Parts. An ISSP has been prepared by Technical Systems Integration, Inc. under the direction of PMS210. The ISSP defines the organization, responsibilities, and operating policies to be used during the Interim Supply Support period, which currently exists until MSD, now planned for 30 August 2001. Squadrons and AIMDs procure parts using standard supply procedures for part numbered requisitions. The NAS Supply Department fills locally or passes the requisition to Navy Inventory Control Point for forwarding to Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman satisfies the requirement from stock or through a vendor.

6. Human Systems Integration. NA

K. SCHEDULES. All AN/AQS-14 SONAR Detecting Sets have been transitioned to the AN/AQS-14A and are currently in use at HM-14 and HM-15 with complete intermediate level support at AIMD Corpus Christi and AIMD Norfolk. Shipboard AIMD support exists on MCS 12, USS Inchon. All technical documentation is on hand and training devices and courses are in place and on-line.

1. Installation and Delivery Schedules. Installation is complete. The upgrade of the AN/AQS-14 to the AN/AQS-14A on the MH-53E helicopter has been completed.

2. Ready For Operational Use Schedule. The AN/AQS-14A system was delivered to the fleet ready for operational use and is currently in operation.

3. Time Required to Install at Operational Sites. NA

4. Foreign Military Sales and Other Source Delivery Schedule. NA

5. Training Device and Technical Training Equipment Delivery Schedule. The primary maintenance training equipment used is a complete system "hot mock-up" and is currently set up and in use at MTU 1031, NAMTRAU NS Norfolk. Additionally 8 Student Computer Stations support viewing of IETMs.

Note: With the development of CNO directed intermediate level training, the support of an ILTE will be required. Funding for the ILTE has not been approved at this time.

L. GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED EQUIPMENT AND CONTRACTOR-FURNISHED EQUIPMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. NA

M. RELATED NTSPs AND OTHER APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENT

OR NTSP TITLE

DOCUMENT

OR NTSP NUMBER

PDA

CODE

STATUS

AN/AQS-14A Integrated Logistics Support Plan

ILSP AM-049

PMS210

Approved

Jun 98

AN/AQS-14A Maintenance Plan

MP AM-049

PMS210

Approved

Jun 98

AN/AQS-14A Interim Supply Support Plan

ISSP AM-049

PMS210

Approved

Aug 98

MH-53E NTSP

N88-NTSP-A-50-8417D/A

PMA261

Approved Feb 01



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