postheadericon Ground Support Equipment for Military Purposes

Airplane ground support features like frequency converters and combination carts are a valuable resource in the military aircraft ground support business, with demand for both fixed position and mobile flight-line equipment. Frequency converter systems provide the power that 400 Hz airplanes require while on the ground. The ground power systems over time have consisted of the power supply, storage rack or reel for cables, interconnection cables and aircraft cables provided by different companies. Advances at companies like ITW Military GSE have successfully incorporated the cables and power supply, and test the system so it is ready to install on site. This effectively eliminates the integration and testing procedures.

This industry manufactures ground support equipment for military purposes. What decision-makers want from manufacturers are reliable, durable products that service people and staff can operate easily and maintain without much trouble. The necessity of different aircraft means manufacturers must design and build equipment that works with particular aircraft. The support of the manufacturer is vital. They must have reliable communications, responsive customer service and a focus on support.

The manufacturers develop the ground equipment with strict quality control standards because the reliability of the equipment is vital. The customers test it in real time under the harshest environments and atmospheric conditions. The ground equipment from this industry goes wherever the military goes and supports many military planes like the F-35 Lightening II, the Boeing AH-64 Apache, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, the Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F/A-18 Hornet, the F-22 Raptor and the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter.

On board military ships, the manufacturers also provide the power supplies and battery chargers found on aircraft carriers, destroyer ships and amphibious assault ships. They provide the external power converter carts found on ship flight decks. In this environment, the military has the same demanding criteria of consistency, resilience, ease of operation and maintenance in its ground operations equipment as they have on land.

What are needed from manufacturers are innovative designs that can keep up with advances in aircraft on ships. The military wants reliable systems from companies with a strong customer focus. A wide range of ground support equipment must meet the military’s ocean-going needs.

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