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S3C4 - CONTINGENCY MAINTENANCE AND BATTLE DAMAGE REPAIR

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CONTINGENCY MAINTENANCE AND BDR AUTHORISATIONS

Under a Declared Contingency

Peacekeeping Operations

RETURN TO PEACETIME STANDARDS

RECORDING AND CERTIFICATION

Contingency Maintenance

Battle Damage Repair

RETAINING OF CMAINT AND BDR WORKSHEETS

BDR TRAINING

INTRODUCTION

1. An important requirement during a declared contingency is the ability to maintain operational effectiveness through the rapid restoration of unserviceable aircraft to a mission-worthy status. Revised maintenance activities, such as aircraft and aeronautical product servicing schedules, lifing strategies and repair philosophies that allow maximum operational availability while managing risk may be introduced during a declared contingency. This revised maintenance concept is known as Contingency Maintenance (CMAINT) and Battle Damage Repair (BDR).

2. Where the nature of aircraft operations dictate, the Systems Program Office (SPO) shall develop CMAINT plans and servicing schedules in accordance with AAP 7001.038—Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) Manual. When this occurs, the CMAINT requirements will be stated in a Technical Maintenance Plan (TMP) and Planned Servicing Schedules (PSS).

3. This chapter prescribes the responsibilities and procedures to be followed to effectively manage CMAINT and BDR.

CONTINGENCY MAINTENANCE AND BDR AUTHORISATIONS

Under a Declared Contingency

4. DEFLOGMAN Part 2 Vol 10 Chap 17—Contingency Maintenance Policy, states that CDF will direct when Defence is to be involved in operations. This direction in itself does not automatically allow the conduct of CMAINT and/or BDR maintenance/repair activities. The direction must be combined with an operational requirement before CMAINT and/or BDR can be employed. To ensure the decision to employ CMAINT or BDR in an Area of Operations is not hampered by long lines of communication, DEFLOGMAN Part 2 Vol 10 Chap 17 provides the Operational and Component Commanders with the authority to determine when CMAINT solutions are to be employed.

5. Operational and Component Commanders have authority to accept or reject CMAINT and BDR solutions after appropriate consultation with the relevant Component maintenance/engineering staff. The SMM may only advise the Operational or Component Commander on proposed BDR solutions which are defined within AAP 7002.011—ADF Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Manual. Where the Operational or Component Commander authorises the application of CMAINT and/or BDR, this decision must be formally reported to the relevant Capability Manager through the Technical Control (TECHCON) chain of command to validate and ensure transparency of the decision. The SMM or delegate may, after approval of the Operational or Component Commander:

  1. authorise the use of approved CMAINT servicing schedules or elect to continue with Peacetime TMP (PTMP) maintenance
  2. approve the use of salvaged aeronautical product to rectify an aircraft provided the technical integrity of the item can be verified, justification provided documented as defined by TAREG 5. 5. 3—Salvage.

6. General guidance on BDR roles and responsibilities is contained within AAP 7002.011 Section 1 Chapter 2—ABDR Roles and Responsibilities.

Peacekeeping Operations

7. Environmental commanders (for their respective forces), following consultation with Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA), may approve the application of CMAINT and BDR during a peacekeeping operation. As the application of these processes may reduce asset life, approval is only to be given due to compelling and justifiable operational reasons.

RETURN TO PEACETIME STANDARDS

8. On return from contingency operations, aircraft subjected to CMAINT and BDR must be inspected to identify any undetected battle damage and assess any degradation. The SPO must determine the level of inspection required, as well as any penalty maintenance and repair requirements to be undertaken prior to return to Peacetime TMP maintenance.

RECORDING AND CERTIFICATION

9. Standard recording and certification requirements, as defined within Section 4 Chapter 2—Recording and Certification of Aircraft and Aeronautical Product Maintenance, apply when performing CMAINT and BDR.

Contingency Maintenance

10. Aircraft and aeronautical product affected by CMAINT servicing schedules must have the commencement and cessation of the CMAINT schedules recorded in their recording and certification system, as follows:

  1. The ‘Details of Unserviceability’ field must state: ‘CMAINT TMP servicing schedules initiated, Authority ... (insert reference)...'.
  2. The unserviceability must then be transferred as a Carried Forward Unserviceability as defined within Section 3 Chapter 11—Deferment of Required Maintenance. The period of deferment is ‘Until Returned to Peacetime TMP (URPTMP)’.

11. On the cessation of the CMAINT servicing schedules:

  1. The deferred maintenance entry must be transferred to the ‘Details of Unserviceability’ field. The ‘Corrective Action’ field must state: ‘Aircraft returned to Peacetime TMP servicing schedules, Authority... (insert reference)...’.
  2. A second entry must be placed in the ‘Details of Unserviceability’ field stating: ‘Post CMAINT inspection to be carried out’.

Battle Damage Repair

12. In addition to the standard maintenance recording and certification requirements, specific battle damage and repair actions must be documented in accordance with AAP 7002.011 Section 2 Chapter 4—Documentation.

RETAINING OF CMAINT AND BDR WORKSHEETS

13. Worksheets used during CMAINT and BDR and design drawings must be filed in the applicable aircraft or aeronautical product log pack in accordance with applicable recording and certification system and Section 4 Chapter 2 Annex C—Retention and Archiving of Aircraft and Aeronautical Product Maintenance Records.

BDR TRAINING

14. Personnel who perform BDR roles must be trained in BDR techniques in accordance with the requirements of AAP 7002.011.

15. During peacetime, BDR techniques must be practised and exercised. Only mock-ups, decommissioned hulls and simulation are to be used for such training.

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