• Photo by Jeremy Guthrie

Those who overhauled the special durability X1100 transmission for the TIGER program are pictured here. Standing (l - r): Fred Pope, heavy mobile equipment mechanic; Bradley Taylor, HME helper; Dennis Siskey, HME repairer; Will Roberts; HME helper; Mat Jones, HME repairer; Wayne Taylor, HME repairer; Jeremy Capes, HME mechanic; Ronnie Embry, HME mechanic; Don Mitchell, HME mechanic; Denny Montgomery, HME mechanic; Charles Chatman, HME repairer; J. C. Woods, HME mechanic; Charlie Fowler, HME helper; and James Simmons, HME helper. Kneeling (l - r): Carlos Acosta, HME mechanic; Joe Price, HME repairer; Danny Bentley, HME mechanic; Jeff Cornelius, HME repairer; Greg Hill, HME helper; and Daniel Morris, HME repairer.

    First TIGER engines, transmissions sent for testing

    Photo by Jeremy Guthrie Those who overhauled the special durability X1100 transmission for the TIGER program are pictured here. Standing (l - r): Fred Pope, heavy mobile equipment mechanic; Bradley Taylor, HME helper; Dennis Siskey, HME repairer; Will...

  • Pictured here with an AGT-1500 turbine engine are: (l - r) Bonita Tanner, general equipment mechanic; Kenneth Scoggins, heavy mobile equipment mechanic; James Stevens, HME mechanic; Ralph Mange, general equipment mechanic; Harrow Miller, HME mechanic; Jason Parks, general equipment mechanic; Daniel Jones, HME mechanic; Sheila Easterwood, machinist; Mark Springfield, machinist; Jimmy Hawkins, machinist; (kneeling) Ida Gail Tuck, HME mechanic; Tammie Glass, general equipment mechanic. These workers helped upgrade the first four engines that are part of the Total Integrated Engine Revitalization, or TIGER, program.

    First TIGER engines, transmissions sent for testing

    Pictured here with an AGT-1500 turbine engine are: (l - r) Bonita Tanner, general equipment mechanic; Kenneth Scoggins, heavy mobile equipment mechanic; James Stevens, HME mechanic; Ralph Mange, general equipment mechanic; Harrow Miller, HME mechanic...

by Miranda Myrick, PAO

In partnership with defense contractor Honeywell International Inc., Anniston Army Depot completed the first set of durability AGT 1500 turbine engines as part of the Army's Total Integrated Engine Revitalization, or TIGER, program.

The four engines, along with four upgraded transmissions, were sent in July for testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., where the powerpack was mated and tested in the M1 Abrams tank.

"We hope this test will give us more information on the new parts we've put into these engines and let us know just how much more durable the tank will be," said Daryl Fleming, production controller for the depot's turbine engine production lines.

The Army expects the TIGER program to "improve and extend the life of the AGT1500 turbine engine used to power the Abrams family of vehicles," according to a 2006 TACOM Life Cycle Management Command announcement.

Under a long-term agreement, the Program Manager Heavy Brigade Combat Team, TACOM LCMC, ANAD and Honeywell want to give the Soldier a more durable tank while reducing the cost of operating it.

Honeywell, which occupies building space at the depot under facility use agreements for various partnering programs, provides engineering support and integrated supply chain management for the TIGER program, as well as durability design improvements, material management and data collection.

Fleming said the depot performs all the labor for these special durability engines, using both new and reclaimed parts that the regular turbine engine doesn't have.

"This looks to be a better product for the Soldier, and we're proud to be a part of it," said Fleming.

The four X1100 transmissions that went to Yuma with the engines were upgraded from their regular 13,000-mile capability to one that will run for 19,000 miles, said Trent Stewart, production controller. He said all four transmissions passed testing.

Workers in the depot's transmission shop completed the four specially upgraded pieces of equipment in five days.

"It was an unbelievable effort on Anniston's part to be able to come together and get them built in one week," said Stewart. "When a transmission comes off the line here, it's as good as brand new."

Stewart said the upgrade work on the transmissions is done in conjunction with PM-HBCT, TACOM LCMC and Indianapolis, Ind.-based Allison Transmission.

Depot officials say more work here is expected on the TIGER program, but they don't know when it will start. They said they're waiting for more data to be collected on the specialized parts they used before they begin upgrading additional engines and transmissions.

About 400 depot employees are part of the TIGER program work, said Fleming.

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