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Broken STE-M1/FVS is a dead end.

Mechanics, when it's time to perform the semiannual check of the M1A1 or M1A1 AIM tank's stabilization system (Item 8 on Page 2-14 of TM 9-2350-264-202-1), don't hit a dead end. You're going to need an operational STE-M1/FVS test set to do the job.

For basic M1A1 tanks, the check is performed using the STE-M1/FVS 1800 test. M1A1 AIM tanks that are equipped with embedded diagnostics require the full diagnostics IETM 1800 test.

If your STE-M1/FVS isn't working, you won't be able to run the check and the tank is NMC.

Failed STE-M1/FVS components can be repaired. Just send the failed components (VTM, CIB, set communicator, CX-205 cable, or gun simulator) to:

Team Armor Partnership (TAP) Facility Bldg 88037 (Oscar Waddell) Corner of Clark/Logistics Lane Ft Hood, TX 76544

The components will be inspected by the on-site repairer to determine what repairs are needed. This information is then reviewed by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) contract personnel.

You will be contacted by GDLS to discuss repair prices and for a government credit card number for payment. Repairs begin as soon as payment is processed. Normal turnaround is about two weeks once repairs start.

Fixed prices of $1,000 (VTM, set communicator and gun simulator) and $1,300 (CIB and CX-205 cable) have been set for each component repaired.

Questions? Contact Jim Heibeck, GDLS Field Service and Technical Support at (810) 825-5690. Or send an email to: heibeekj@gdls.com

HEY, ISN'T IT TIME FOR MY SEMIANNUAL STABILIZATION SYSTEM CHECK?

YEAH, IT IS, BUT MY STE-M1/FVS TEST SET IS BUSTED!

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MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER WITH THE COMPONENTS TO BE REPAIRED.

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SURE AM GLAD THEY FINALLY SENT US IN FOR REPAIR!

WE'VE GOT LOTS OF LIFE LEFT!!

YEAH, BUT-MAN!--THAT GUYS HANDS ARE C-COLD!

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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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