By Jacqueline BoucherJanuary 23, 2008
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Kevin Ellis tests the electro-optics guidance control system on a Maverick missile.
As an electronics integrated system mechanic, Ellis and 21 employees disassemble, repair, align, modify and overhaul the three versions of the Maverick missile guidance system. The branch runs two shifts to meet production schedules and customer requirements.
The AGM-65 Maverick is a relatively inexpensive, moderately complex, highly reliable precision guided munition that was first introduced into the United States inventory in 1973. It is effective against a wide variety of hard and soft targets, both fixed and mobile, and can be employed by the military's primary, non-stealthy combat ground attack aircraft plus a large number of foreign combat aircraft.
The Maverick is a tactical air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, interdiction and defense suppression missions. There are three versions of the missile's guidance system: electro optics (TV), infrared and laser.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.
About 5,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the C-E LCMC. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., C-E LCMC's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.