TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. – Nicholas Basirico, branch chief for the Warfighter Information Network Tactical Increment (WIN-T INC 2) within the Integrated Logistics Support Center’s (ILSC) Command Control Communications-Tactical (C3T) Directorate, and Alexis Rivera, lead logistics management specialist, went to Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania to witness the end of production for the First Article Test (FAT) of the Satellite Transportable Terminal High Powered Plus (STT-HP+), also known as STT-208.
The STT-HP+ provides satellite communications for the entire on-the-move fleet, and is the only tactical network connectivity for Army platforms to gain access to the Global Information Grid while on the move. The STT-HP+ was part of multiple configuration items that transitioned to sustainment from the Program Executive Office C3T to U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command the summer of 2021.
FATs are commonly conducted to ensure a system or component functions as intended under operational conditions. Therefore, the ILSC WIN-T INC 2 team visited TYAD to assure the successful capability exists to execute depot overhaul on the STT-208. The FAT is necessary because the cyclical overhaul capability on the STT-208 is required to begin in FY22 as part of the transition to sustainment for the INC 2 program.
“To achieve this capability, the ILSC WIN-T INC 2 team and TYAD closely worked together for over a year to conduct a full physical configuration audit, document parts that required cataloging, and provide solutions on obsolete components” said Basirico. As a result, the team and TYAD worked diligently to complete the FAT and the induction of the first two overhaul systems in FY22.
The ILSC C3T team and TYAD developed an excellent working relationship that aided in achieving the overhaul capability while maintaining a readiness rate above 90% on the STT. Without the close relationship, this would have been much more challenging due to the complexity of the system. The successful completion of the FAT will result in an annual revenue generation for Tobyhanna of more than $4M.