The US Army’s Mobile Parts Hospitals

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MPH in Balad, Iraq(click to view full) TV taught us what a “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” was, but a “Mobile Parts Hospital”? Like a MASH unit that can go wherever it is needed, the MPH is designed as a front line resource for patching things up – but it is for machines, not men. Since their initial deployment in 2003, the MPHs have fabricated more than 100,000 replacement parts, replacement components, and special tools. As Maj. Andris Ikstrums, 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade support operations officer, puts it: “These guys can manufacture parts in a matter of minutes that normally have more than a 60-day lead time if ordered from the States.” That improves readiness rates, and also saves money. In one case, a socket for a rotor brake seal on an Apache AH-64D rear rotor was designed and manufactured by an MPH team, in order to eliminate shipping the rear rotor back to the States for a depot-level rebuild. Estimated savings? About $393,000. The primary MPH unit is housed in an 8-foot-tall by 8-foot-wide by 20-foot-long ISO container that can be transported on a truck, ship or C-130 Hercules aircraft. Contracts & Key Events March 29/10: Honeywell […]

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