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H-53 maintenance simplified.

The Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic System (IMDS) for the CH-53E Sea Stallion completed operational evaluation and was declared operationally effective and suitable. Integrated with the onboard systems and mission computer, the IMDS provides full-time diagnostic monitoring of the helo's mechanical drive train. Data recorded during a flight can be downloaded onto a computer to highlight items that need maintenance attention. The IMDS streamlines maintenance functions that previously required separate test equipment, manual data collection, and labor-intensive maintenance troubleshooting. The system has entered low-rate initial production and is being installed on H-53s of Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 at MCAS New River, N.C. The system is also being considered for other helos such as the MH-60 and the H-1.

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Title Annotation:AIRSCOOP; Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic System (IMDS)
Author:Leland, Wendy
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2005
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