Air Force chooses Marvin Test to provide flightline test and measurement for A-10C aircraft

U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance experts needed chassis and instrumentation for flightline test and measurement gear necessary to keep the A-10C Warthog ground-attack jet aircraft flying. They found their solution from Marvin Test Solutions Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

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U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance experts needed chassis and instrumentation for flightline test and measurement gear necessary to keep the A-10C Warthog ground-attack jet aircraft flying. They found their solution from Marvin Test Solutions Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

Officials of the Air Force Materiel Command at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, awarded an $8.6 million contract to Marvin to provide chassis and instrumentation to produce PATS-70A test sets used for O-Level and I-Level maintenance of A-10/C aircraft.

The contract includes upgrade kits for existing PATS-70 test sets to the PATS-70A configuration. The contract calls for Marvin to deliver 83 PATS-70A upgrade kits; 35 chassis, portable automated test sets; 153 high-current relay cards; 35 digital multi-meter cards; 118 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) cards; 118 programmable resistive modules; and 118 precision DC sources.

Marvin Test partnered with the Air Force’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah in 2014 to design, produce, and deploy the PATS-70 test set based on the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Marvin Test-207 rugged field test set which replaces the obsolete PATS-30.

The PATS-70A program will enhance the capabilities of the PATS-70 test set to support additional armament and weapon systems, and will support existing avionics test functionality, Marvin officials say.

The Marvin Test-207 is a state-of-the-art portable PXI-based test and measurement platform for field testing and data acquisition systems. Its proven architecture has been deployed worldwide on several programs like the Marvin Test-206 Maverick Field Test Set, the Marvin Test-235 F-35 Alternate Mission Equipment Test Set, the Marvin Test-209 Common Armament Test Set, and the AN/TSM-205B Hellfire system test set.

It combines the capabilities of the modular PXI architecture in a compact, ultra-rugged, flightline-qualified enclosure. The Marvin Test-207 is for test and data acquisition applications requiring operation under harsh environmental conditions including flightline, back-shop, or airborne applications.

On this contract, Marvin Test will do the work in Irvine, Calif., and should be finished by mid-2019. For more information, visit Martin Test online at www.marvintest.com, or the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at www.hill.af.mil.

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