CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army effort to recapitalize aging helicopters has achieved a milestone at a Texas facility.
The Army said its Corpus Christi Depot has completed recapitalization work on the 48th UH-60 Black Hawk this year.
Recapitalization efforts bring upgrade A models of the UH-60 Black Hawk to the L model configuration. Over the course of a year, the aircraft structural, engine and airframe components are rebuilt. The effort saves more than 45 percent of the cost of purchasing new L models and extends the life of older aircraft by 10 years.
"It took the entire team from Accounting to Aircraft Production and every single person at CCAD to meet the 48th Black Hawk," said Col. Christopher Carlile, commander of the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
The Army said a number of processes to save money and time in the upgrade work, including a final assembly inspection at the depot to reduce the number of defects and rework passed between reassembly and flight testing and the use of warrant teams from assembly lines that corrected any defects found without moving the aircraft back to a separate building.