Obsolescence Management

DEVELOPMENT, MODERNIZATION & SUSTAINMENT SERVICES
Markets change and manufacturers come and go. Alion provides sustainment technology to make sure you have what you need to accomplish your mission, no matter how the environment evolves.
INNOVATIVE AND TIMELY SUPPORT
Obsolescence — diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS) — is a common occurrence that impacts DoD and national security equipment. Lack of supply due to aging fielded systems, OEMs who go out of business, new technology, differing variants within a single system, restricted access to raw materials, and more poses a serious threat to operational readiness.

Our experts use deep and machine learning to identify unresolved, mission-degrading obsolescence issues and provide viable functional solutions that are both mission and cost effective. We design hardware and software to replace obsolete components, and our supply chain experts can identify and qualify alternative commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions or suppliers. No matter the challenge, we stand ready to provide innovative and timely solutions to keep you moving.

OUR OBSOLESCENCE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

TECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Alion’s engineers develop and integrate various systems and sensors, including analyzing and redesigning components from the bottom up, based on performance specifications.

QUANTITATIVE & RISK ANALYSIS

We provide quantitative analysis of supply and demand for raw materials and NSN parts as well as risk mitigation management to ensure your supply chain meets the mission need.

NETWORK MODELING & LOGISTICS

Through our leading-edge modeling capabilities, we help you understand logistics and supplier networks to identify vulnerabilities during force majeure or national emergency scenarios.
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POLICY GUIDANCE

Our proven SMEs use their policy expertise to help you translate legislative initiatives and regulatory requirements into actionable guidance that aligns with your mission.

SUPPLY AND FULFILLMENT

Alion’s team of engineers and supply chain experts work hand-in-hand with our customers to overcome the challenges associated with DMSMS ensurING operational readiness and optempo remains high.
FEATURED WORK

POLYPROPYLENE FIBER STANDARDIZATION

Alion collaborated with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Research and Development to characterize and document quality assurance parameters for a polypropylene fiber to be used in vehicle armor. This standardization effort led to a newly created military specification, MIL-DTL-32549, and, among other benefits, increases the robustness of the industrial base by adding an additional qualified product to the DoD supplier base.

TOW M220 INTEGRATED MASTER BATTERY

Integrated Master Battery The TOW M220 system, a legacy anti-armor weapon system, was initially developed in the 1960s. Because of its ruggedness, reliability, and lethality, it is one of the more sought after anti-armor weapon systems. The TOW M220 system is used extensively by foreign militaries allied with the United States. Alion, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Close Combat Weapon System Project Office and Defense Logistics Agency, developed the Integrated Master Battery (IMB) System to address the challenge of supporting Foreign Military Sales (FMS) systems which are no longer in the U.S. Military inventory by eliminating and updating obsolete components and significantly reducing overall system size and weight of the entire M220 System. Of particular importance is the reduction in battery subsystem procurement, operational, and logistics support costs, and a condensed operational footprint. The IMB’s design integrates the functions of eight current TOW M220 power and maintenance components needed for operation into a single unit. Specifically, the IMB replaces two battery assemblies, the TOW Vehicle Power Conditioner (TVPC), the MGS Battery Charger and the associated monitoring unit, the Night Sight’s Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC), the Battery Power Conditioner (BPC) and the associated consumable battery assemblies, and the BPC spare battery case. The design also incorporates new conditioned based maintenance features such as status of battery charge, low battery charge alert, and low voltage condition alert. FEATURES

  • Identical form and fit as the M220 Battery Assembly, Storage, BB-287
  • Integrated battery charging system via vehicle DC Power or AC/DC shore power
  • Multiple outputs providing simultaneous power for Missile Guidance Set Launch Control and Night Sight Operation
  • Can operate launcher from energy storage or direct vehicle/shore power input for battery conservation
  • Provides user with battery State-of-Charge and Fault Conditions
  • Significantly reduces system footprint by eliminating other legacy TOW M220 components and accessories
  • Designed to meet requirements of MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-461G

For more information, please contact David Johnson by completing the inquiry form below.

POLYPROPYLENE FIBER STANDARDIZATION

Alion collaborated with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Research and Development to characterize and document quality assurance parameters for a polypropylene fiber to be used in vehicle armor. This standardization effort led to a newly created military specification, MIL-DTL-32549, and, among other benefits, increases the robustness of the industrial base by adding an additional qualified product to the DoD supplier base.

TOW M220 INTEGRATED MASTER BATTERY

Integrated Master Battery The TOW M220 system, a legacy anti-armor weapon system, was initially developed in the 1960s. Because of its ruggedness, reliability, and lethality, it is one of the more sought after anti-armor weapon systems. The TOW M220 system is used extensively by foreign militaries allied with the United States. Alion, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Close Combat Weapon System Project Office and Defense Logistics Agency, developed the Integrated Master Battery (IMB) System to address the challenge of supporting Foreign Military Sales (FMS) systems which are no longer in the U.S. Military inventory by eliminating and updating obsolete components and significantly reducing overall system size and weight of the entire M220 System. Of particular importance is the reduction in battery subsystem procurement, operational, and logistics support costs, and a condensed operational footprint. The IMB’s design integrates the functions of eight current TOW M220 power and maintenance components needed for operation into a single unit. Specifically, the IMB replaces two battery assemblies, the TOW Vehicle Power Conditioner (TVPC), the MGS Battery Charger and the associated monitoring unit, the Night Sight’s Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC), the Battery Power Conditioner (BPC) and the associated consumable battery assemblies, and the BPC spare battery case. The design also incorporates new conditioned based maintenance features such as status of battery charge, low battery charge alert, and low voltage condition alert. FEATURES

  • Identical form and fit as the M220 Battery Assembly, Storage, BB-287
  • Integrated battery charging system via vehicle DC Power or AC/DC shore power
  • Multiple outputs providing simultaneous power for Missile Guidance Set Launch Control and Night Sight Operation
  • Can operate launcher from energy storage or direct vehicle/shore power input for battery conservation
  • Provides user with battery State-of-Charge and Fault Conditions
  • Significantly reduces system footprint by eliminating other legacy TOW M220 components and accessories
  • Designed to meet requirements of MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-461G

For more information, please contact David Johnson by completing the inquiry form below.

 

MEET OUR BUSINESS LEADERS

Todd Stirtzinger, Senior Vice President
Todd Stirtzinger is the Senior Vice President of Alion’s Advanced Technology Group in Dayton, Ohio. Todd joins Alion with more than 30 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry holding leadership roles for high technology, innovative organizations. Most recently, Todd spent five years at L3Harris (formerly L3 Technologies) serving as both a Sector and Division President responsible for the business strategy, financial performance, operational execution and growth for a broad portfolio of mission solutions including head-worn visual augmentation systems, weapon-mounted lasers and sighting devices and integrated networked systems.

To learn more about Alion's obsolescence management solutions, contact us today.

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