National Guard marks 1,000th engine

By The Mercury

The Kansas National Guard’s Advanced Turbine Engine Army Maintenance marked the completion of its 1,000th turbine engine rebuild in a ceremony Thursday, May 9 at Fort Riley.

The ATEAM is one of two facilities in the world that can produce a Total Integrated Engine Revitalization (TIGER) engine, otherwise known as the Air Gas Turbine 1500 M1 Abrams tank engines.

The engines are backed by a sustainment maintenance package for five years or 1,400 hours. The ATEAM has shipped AGT1500 turbine engines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Noble Eagle.

The ATEAM is federally-funded, and as a result, brings a significant economic benefit to the state of Kansas. 

It is a joint-manufacturing operation that employs 120 Army and Air National Guardsmen with an annual payroll of $8.3 million. 

In 2013, the ATEAM will execute a repair parts budget of almost $52 million, putting federal dollars to work in the state by procuring parts from Kansas manufacturing companies including Topeka Foundry in Topeka, Exline Incorporated in Salina, Glendo Corporation in Emporia, and Oswald Manufacturing in Herrington.

The ATEAM is also partnered with Army Material Command as an AGT1500 turbine engine provider.  The facility rebuilds the X1100-3B cross-drive tank transmission and all related components, exceeding National Maintenance Work Requirement standards. It is the second year of a multi-year program in which they produce FUPPs (engines and transmissions combined) for the Lima, Ohio tank plant.

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