121 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (I-LEVEL) ARMAMENT FUNDAMENTALS by 908jn13y

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121 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (I-LEVEL) ARMAMENT
FUNDAMENTALS
References:
   [a] OPNAVINST 4790.2H, Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP), Vol. I
   [b] OPNAVINST 8000.16A, Naval Ordnance Maintenance Management Program
   (NOMMP), Vol. 2
   [c] Local Directives and Standard Operating Procedures
   [d] OPNAVINST 4790.2H, Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP), Vol. V
   [e] COMNAVAIRPACINST 8382.4M/COMNAVAIRLANTINST 8382.4N, Aircraft Armament
   Equipment Pool Program
   [f] Local Directives and Standard Operating Procedures

121.1 Discuss the relationship between the Weapons Department and AIMD
(ashore and afloat). [ref. a, ch. 8; ref. c]
1. General
   a.   An   IMA   comprises   all   departmental/organizational  units
responsible for providing I-level maintenance support ashore and afloat.
Normally, an IMA consists of the Aircraft Maintenance Department/
Detachment, the Supply Department, and the Weapons Department. The IMA
is responsible for performing I-level maintenance functions on the
aircraft and aeronautical equipment located at the ship or station
supported.
   b. Weapons Department organization and maintenance responsibilities
appear in OPNAVINST 8000.16.
   c. In addition to those responsibilities listed in OPNAVINST 3120.32,
the IMAs (afloat) will Provide I-level maintenance support to the
Weapons Department for maintenance beyond the established capability of
the Weapons Department.




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    Figure 8-5 I level maintenance Department/ Detachment
                    Organization (Ashore)




Figure 8-6: I-Level Maintenance Department Organization (Afloat)



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.2 Discuss AAE management. [ref. b, ch. 7]
1. General
   During a weapon system’s deployment life cycle phase, maintenance
program management is a critical management function due to the impact
of maintenance requirements on the effective use of personnel, material,
facilities, and fiscal resources. Maintenance program management
functions include maintenance planning, coordinating, budgeting, and
evaluating program progress. AAE is under the technical cognizance of
the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (COMNAVAIRSYSCOM). Inventory
management responsibilities are assigned to COMNAVAIRSYSCOM.
2. Scope.
   AAE encompasses all equipment which is or can be attached either
permanently or temporarily to an aircraft, the use of which allows for
the carriage and release of airborne stores. AAE includes bomb racks
and shackles for all practice and tactical, single and multiple weapon
design configurations and their aircraft- aircraft-peculiar fairings;
pylons and adapter hardware; missile launchers, including their related
entities such as power supplies, nitrogen receivers, and aircraft-
peculiar pylons; adapters, rails, and interface components; and
external fuel stores jettison release mechanisms.
3. Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) Categories.
   The two categories of AAE are as follows:
      a. Aircraft Inventory Material.
      b. Mission-Oriented Material.
4. Maintenance Philosophy.
   The maintenance philosophy for aircraft inventory material and
mission-oriented AAE is described below.
   1. All guided missile launchers and bomb racks require maintenance
at Organizational and Intermediate levels and most require maintenance
at the Depot level. The depth of maintenance and repair to be performed
at Fleet levels is determined by factors such as available manpower,
skill levels, complexity, support equipment requirements, parts and
cost. Newer armament equipment is designed to be fully maintainable at
Intermediate levels, and some require Depot repair only on major
assemblies. Maintenance plans outline the authorized repairs and
required maintenance tasks, frequencies and levels, and are the basic
source documents for NAVAIR technical manuals. Source, Maintenance and
Recoverability (SM&R) codes are assigned to the end item launcher or
bomb rack and to major assemblies and piece parts within the end item.
These codes are listed in the illustrated parts breakdown section of
each technical manual and readily tell the user if the part/assembly is
stocked, manufactured or assembled at which maintenance level; who uses
the item, who repairs the item, and who has disposal authority.
   2. Aircraft Inventory.
      Aircraft Inventory Items (parent bomb racks or launchers) remain
installed   in  squadron   aircraft   until  scheduled  or   unscheduled
maintenance is required, at which time the item is removed and sent to
Intermediate level for inspection and repair. Mission oriented items
for all supported squadrons are maintained at the Intermediate level
armament equipment pool until called for to fill Organizational level
mission requirements/squadrons retain custody until the item is no
longer required or a failure occurs. Intermediate level inspects,
repairs, test, and reissues or places the item in ready for service
storage.
   3. All maintenance is performed in accordance with the approved
maintenance instruction manuals and Maintenance Requirement Cards (MRCs)
(NAVAIR 4790/3) developed for each unique application of the AAE (AAE)


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item. MRCs are an element of the phased maintenance program and provide
the instructions for efficient performance of scheduled maintenance
tasks. Each MRC contains the tasks relating to a particular system,
subsystem,    area,    or   component, using   a  logical  sequence  for
accomplishment. MRCs identify the recommended rating or military
occupation specialty, performance interval, and the work area involved.
MRCs also identify support equipment, consumables, replacement parts,
and assistance requirements for task performance. Illustrations,
clearances, tolerances, charts, part numbers, and other pertinent
information are included where necessary. MRCs do not include
instructions for repair, or calibration, or procedures for correcting
defective conditions.
5. Scheduled Removal Component Card and Equipment History Record Cards.
    1. A Scheduled Removal Component (SRC) card (OPNAV 4790/28A) or an
Equipment History Record (EHR) card (OPNAV 4790/113) accompany each AAE
item and serve as the administrative means of providing managers with
AAE status, operational history, modification, configuration, and
transfer and receiving accounting data. Volume IV, Appendix H contains
examples of SRC and EHR cards and also provides instructions for
completing the forms.
    2. The SRC and EHR provide a complete history of the AAE. They
reflect all maintenance actions that have been performed during the AAE
item’s life cycle at each maintenance level. These records are
maintained at the maintenance level that has current custody of the AAE
and are transferred with the AAE. The SRC and EHR for all AAE will be
maintained in accordance with the applicable authorized maintenance
instruction manual.
6. Record Keeping and Reporting.
    1. AAE is Fleet-controlled material.
       AAE items are controlled and tracked by AAE pool custodians
assigned by the Type Commander. All Weapons Information System (AWIS)
reporting requirements of AAE asset transactions serve to keep these
inventory managers informed as to asset numbers, locations, attrition,
and shortfalls. In turn, these commands report consolidated asset
status data quarterly using the AAE reporting system. The website for
AAE    reporting    is    located   on the   AWIS  central   website  at
https://awis.mugu.navy.mil.
    2. The AAE pool custodians will report all AAE inventories,
transactions and condition status via the AWIS website AAE module at
https://awis.mugu.navy.mil. In the event that the AWIS website is not
available the pool custodian will make liaison with the Type Commander
for reporting procedures and requirements.

.3 Discuss issue and receipt of AAE. [ref. b, ch. 7]
   * AAE Records.
      The scheduled removal component card or equipment history record
for each AAE item inducted into an I-level maintenance activity will be
screened for currency and accuracy upon receipt of the item. All
maintenance performed on the AAE item while in the custody of the IMA
will be entered into the record for that item. The record will be
transferred with the AAE when it is returned to the supply system or
sent to a Depot level maintenance activity.




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.4 Discuss the following elements of K-pool management: [refs. e, f]
a. Configuration
   * CVW follow AAE configuration requirements identified in AAE on
load and fly on configuration message.
   * Allowance/ Requirement
      1. AAE allowances are determined by the aircraft T/MS supported
and the aircraft inventory and mission configuration AAE quantities
identified in reference.
      2. The supporting pool spares objective is 10 percent of the AAE
requirements (Aircraft Inventory and Mission Configuration) determined
by the aircraft supported.
         a) The availability of AAE assets, AAE reliability, repair
capability, etc. will dictate adjustments to actual pool quantities,
consequently pool spares represent a goal.
         b) Computation for shipboard and shore based allowance/
requirements are the same.




b. Preservation/depreservation
1. Preservation
   a. refer to MIM/MRC or directives.
   b. AAE should be preserved when not in use or not projected to be
used for more than 30 days.
   c. An visual inspection of preserved AAE will be conducted on a
periodic basis to ensure that the preservation integrity has not been
compromised.
   d. AAE is in a nonaging status when properly preserved, for the
period of time prescribed by the preservation level.



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      1) Level 1 (0-90 days): is used to eliminate daily/ weekly
preventative maintenance requirements for a short period of time. Use
this level of preservation to reduce the workload of preventative
maintenance requirements on NRFI AAE awaiting maintenance or parts.
      2) Level II (0-1 year): AAE will be vacuum sealed.
      3) Level III ( 0-Indefinite): AAE will be maintained in a
controlled environment. (dehumidified storage)
2. Depreservation
   a. Level I: perform the highest elapsed maintenance occurring over
the preservation period.
   b. Level II and Level III: perform operational check, adjustments
and calibrations. Inspect and replace part (i.e., shelf life components)
as needed.
3. All prime pool custodian’s will establish and maintain wrapping,
packaging and preservation capabilities/procedures for all applicable
AAE. When feasible, AAE shall be preserved and packaged per MIL-P-116J.

c. TDs
1. General
    Organizational level aviation ordnance personnel are responsible for
assuring aircraft armament bulletins or aircraft armament changes
directed to the O-level are complied with and correctly documented on
the appropriate OPNAV form.
2. Incorporation of TDs while AAE is preserved:
    a. Incorporation of Routine TD’s may be delayed until the next
annual preservation integrity check, but in no case shall the
inspection be delayed past the target completion date of the TD.
    b. Urgent TDs will be incorporated immediately.
    c. At the end of the preservation period AAE will begin aging again
for   preventative   maintenance  inspections   unless  depreserved  and
represerved.

d. Ordnance on/offload

.5 Discuss the elements and scope of the TYCOM AAE report. [ref. b, ch.
7]
1. General
   1. AAE is Fleet-controlled material. AAE items are controlled and
tracked by AAE pool custodians assigned by the Type Commander. All
Weapons Information System (AWIS) reporting requirements of AAE asset
transactions serve to keep these inventory managers informed as to
asset numbers, locations, attrition, and shortfalls. In turn, these
commands report consolidated asset status data quarterly using the AAE
reporting system. The website for AAE reporting is located on the AWIS
central website at https://awis.mugu.navy.mil.
   2. The AAE pool custodians will report all AAE inventories,
transactions and condition status via the AWIS website AAE module at
https://awis.mugu.navy.mil. In the event that the AWIS website is not
available the pool custodian will make liaison with the Type Commander
for reporting procedures and requirements.

2. Report
   1. Discrepancy Reports. Discrepancy reports are initiated by I-level
aviation ordnance personnel when a discrepancy is discovered during the
performance of any of the assigned I-level maintenance actions.
   2. Maintenance Data Reporting. The maintenance data system is a
management information system designed to provide statistical data for


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use at all management levels. The maintenance data system for D-level
maintenance was developed as an integral part of the Naval Aviation
Maintenance and Material Management (AV-3M) system and provides the
input to furnish data products which provide management tools for the
efficient and economical management of maintenance organizations. When
performing a job, D-level maintenance personnel convert a narrative
description of the job into codes and enter the coded information on
standard forms or source documents. The source documents are collected
and transmitted to a data services facility where the information is
converted to machine records. The data services facility then uses the
machine records to produce periodic reports which summarizes the
submitted data. The reports are supplied to maintenance supervisors to
provide assistance in planning and directing the maintenance effort.
The information provided by the machine records is forwarded to the
Navy Maintenance Support Office, Mechanicsburg, PA, which has been
designated as the central data processing facility.
   3. Inventory Reporting. Organizational level pool custodians will
maintain current status on all AAE inventories, transactions and
condition status via the All Weapons Information System (AWIS) website
AAE module at https://awis.mugu.navy.mil. In the event that the AWIS
website is not available the O-level activity will submit written AAE
reports to their supporting Intermediate level activity as needed to
maintain the accuracy of the database.
      1)Purpose.
      a. To specify the planned quantities of end item aircraft bomb
racks and guided missile launchers required for U.S. Navy and Marine
aircraft.
      b. To specify Fleet Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) inventory
reporting requirements.
      c. To outline general policies for procurement and reprocurement
of AAE.
      2) Scope. Responsibilities assigned herein apply to the in-
service inventory management of Type Commander controlled AAE.
      3) Definitions.
          a. AIRCRAFT ARMAMENT EQUIPMENT (AAE): Generic term for end
item aircraft missile launchers and bomb racks.
          b. AIRCRAFT MODEL: The complete designation of an aircraft,
independent of its role, i.e., F-18E,AV-8B.
          c. AIRCRAFT ROLE: The current use of an operational aircraft,
i.e., tactical, trainer, patrol.
          d. INVENTORY AAE: Those items of AAE that normally remain
      installed on an aircraft, i.e., BRU-32, BRU-36, LAU-116.
          e. MISSION AAE: Those items of AAE that are installed on an
aircraft for a specific mission purpose and normally removed on
completion of that mission, i.e., LAU-118, BRU-33, BRU-42.
          f. SUPPLY COGNIZANCE SYMBOL 4Z: 4Z COG material is comprised
of war consumable external fuel tanks, in-flight refueling stores,
aircraft guided missile launchers and aircraft bomb racks. AAE is
budgeted for and procured by the Naval Air Systems Command, and
maintained by Type Commander controlled pools for use by assigned
tactical squadrons.




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.6 Discuss the AWSE Program as it pertains to handling ordnance. [ref.
b, ch. 8]
1. General
   AWSE(Armament Weapons Support Equipment) refers to that support
equipment (common and peculiar) required to make an aircraft, airborne
weapon, aircraft armament, or end item of support equipment (support
equipment   for  support   equipment)   operational   in  its   intended
operational environment. AWSE may be either avionic or non-avionic in
design and is further categorized as Armament Support Equipment (ASE) ,
Weapons Support Equipment (WSE), or Logistics Support Equipment (LSE).
2. Management.
   Maintenance program management is a critical management function to
be performed during a weapon system’s deployment life cycle phase due
to the impact of maintenance requirements on the effective use of
personnel, materials, facilities, and fiscal resources. Maintenance
program management functions include maintenance planning, coordinating,
budgeting, and evaluating program progress.




   a. The maintenance (including calibration), inventory control, and
reporting of AWSE is integral to maintaining aircraft, airborne weapons,
and airborne weapon systems. It is essential that procedures and
assigned responsibilities published here be clearly understood and
complied with to ensure that maximum AWSE readiness and use are
achieved. The objective is to achieve and maintain maximum material
readiness, safety, and conservation of AWSE through command attention,
policy direction, and appropriate administration by all activities
responsible for AWSE. Included are:




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      a. Maintenance (including calibration) and repair of AWSE at that
level of maintenance which will ensure the best use of resources.
      b. Protection of AWSE from the elements using active cleaning,
corrosion control, preservation categories A, B, and C, and storage
programs.
      c. Use of a perpetual asset inventory control system.
      d. Collection, analysis, and use of pertinent data in order to
effectively improve AWSE material readiness, safety, and use while
simultaneously increasing the efficient and economical management of
personnel, monetary, and material resources.
   b. Applicability. Programs have been established to standardize
maintenance of support equipment. This section discusses the major
programs that are interactive with, and applicable to, AWSE. Further,
this section discusses maintenance actions peculiar to the maintenance
of air launched missile WSE and LSE (containers) used to support the
all-up-round air launched missile concept. Except where noted, AWSE
maintenance functions and reporting requirements are applicable to all
levels of maintenance.

.7 Discuss the management of equipment history records and other
documentation. [ref. b, ch. 8]
1. General
   The Depot level Commanding Officer is responsible for Depot level
rework, modification, and calibration of support equipment scheduled
into the Naval Aviation Depot under NAVAIRINST 13640.1B. He/She Ensure
all support equipment rework modification and calibration efforts are
documented and that the support equipment custody and maintenance
history record (OPNAV 4790/51) is received, updated, and accompanies
each item of support equipment that is reworked, modified, or repaired.
Initiate new records and forms whenever efforts to obtain records or
forms from the previous reporting custodian are not successful.
2. Survey and Report.
   A survey is the procedure required when Navy property or Defense
Logistics Agency material, including IMRL equipment and AWSE, in Navy
custody is lost, damaged, or destroyed. The purpose of the survey is to
determine responsibility and fix the actual loss to the government. To
make a true determination, the facts surrounding the loss or damage
must be thoroughly investigated and reported in a timely manner. It
should not be limited to verifying statements of interested parties,
but should be broad enough to ensure that the interests of the
government as well as the rights of the individual(s) or activities
concerned are fully protected. Review is required to prove or
disapprove statements and to place responsibility where it belongs.
Survey procedures shall be instituted when an accountable item of AWSE
meets one or more of the following conditions.
      a.   Beyond  economical   repair  which   resulted  from   damage,
obsolescence, or deterioration.
      b. Acknowledged as nonexistent as a result of loss or theft.

.8 Discuss TD management as it pertains to AWSE. [ref. b, ch. 8]
   * Intermediate level maintenance personnel are responsible for
assuring that support equipment changes and support equipment bulletins
for AWSE directed to that level are complied with. Technical directive
compliance is documented using the technical directive compliance
VIDS/MAF.  Maintenance   control  schedules   all  technical   directive
compliance actions and initiates all technical direct ive compliance
VIDS/MAFs. If the technical directive action is beyond the capability


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of I-level maintenance, the AWSE item must be sent to     Depot level
maintenance.

.9 Discuss the Tire/Wheel Certification Program as it relates to AWSE.
[ref. d, ch. 7]
1. General.
   Based 4790 VOL V, Ch 7, The similar policy, responsibilities and
requirements apply to AWSE on the Tire/Wheel Certification.




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