In storage for years, even decades in many instances, surplus US Army vehicles are being brought back to life at Elbit Systems of America's Land Vehicle Center (LVC).
Located in San Antonio, the LVC takes non-operational military vehicles, with obsolete technology and unserviceable equipment, and completely refurbishes and restores them. "Our expertise is giving new life to decades-old vehicles," said Kurt Huff, Vice President, Services and Support Solutions. "When an, M113, Bradley, Humvee or other vehicle rolls out our door, it is fully mission capable. All our customer has to do is fuel up and connect the battery."
The Elbit Systems of America LVC consists of a 36,000-square-foot facility and a 30-acre test track where refurbished vehicles undergo a demanding series of tests to ensure their mission readiness. Its predominant customers are ally governments that purchase the surplus equipment from the US Government. Deploying refurbished vehicles allows these nations to increase their defense capabilities at a fraction of the cost newly manufactured vehicles would require.
By applying Lean Process initiatives and an adapted model of the aviation quality system, the LVC is able to deliver cost effective value to its customers without diminishing quality. "Every component, every manual application, every step in the restoration process is inspected and re-inspected to make certain we're maintaining an unparalleled level of quality and attention to detail," Huff said. "In fact, one of our customer nations has taken the quality assurance practices they witnessed at our facility and applied them to their own operations."
Elbit Systems of America has assembled a flexible work force of highly trained professionals at its LVC that can meet even the most demanding challenges inherent with updating a vehicle that may be 50 or 60 years old. Every member of the LVC team is cross-trained and specializes in two or three key services, and the facility can staff at levels ranging from 20 to 200 employees as required to meet customers' needs.
"The highly-skilled personnel at the San Antonio Land Vehicle Center are putting vehicles that were collecting dust into peacekeeping roles around the world," said Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America's President and CEO. "When you see the before-and-after transformation of their workmanship, it's simply remarkable."
Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Oct 15, 2013