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Special Operations Aviation Support

Envisioneering provides critical technical, engineering and logistics support to the United States Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), headquartered at Ft Campbell, KY. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment’s mission is to organize, equip, train, resource and employ Army special operations aviation forces worldwide in support of contingency missions and combatant commanders.

Known as Night Stalkers, these Soldiers are recognized for their proficiency in nighttime operations. They are highly trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world, day or night, with unparalleled precision. Soldiers of the 160th have been actively and continuously engaged in combat operations since October 2001. They employ highly modified Chinook, Black Hawk and assault and attack configurations of Little Bird helicopters.

Rotary Wing Aviation Engineering Services, Systems Acquisition,
Integration, Test and Evaluation

Envisioneering provides technical and engineering support to the Systems Integration and Management Office (SIMO). The 160th SOAR(A) uses specially modified A/MH-6, MH-60 and MH-47 helicopters and highly trained pilots and aircrews to support Special Operations forces worldwide.  The integration of modern and sophisticated mission equipment is a critical requirement for these successful operations. Envisioneering provides professional analytical, technology, and logistics services to support modernization and sustainment of select aircraft and associated mission equipment.

The company’s expertise in the fundamentals of systems acquisition is applied to aircraft modifications, avionics, unmanned systems, simulation, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), avionics to include Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE), sensors, mission planning, armament systems, ground support equipment, special tools and test equipment, and flight and ground test activities.

Envisioneering’s employee team cooperates with various agencies and system integration contractors in the design, testing, simulation, and deployment of assorted aircraft. We design operational tests of prototype systems and equipment, perform and/or monitor testing, and collect and analyze test results.

Envisioneering develops test plans coordinates efforts to gain an Airworthiness Release for new systems. Envisioneering personnel are well-versed in the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS). This includes everything from the identification of impending requirements through the development of test plans and subsequent integration of the selected system, and our test engineers work closely with Army personnel to ensure the needs of the warfighter will be met prior to full-scale production and deployment.  Several members of the team are required to perform their duties while engaged in flight in Government aircraft.

Rotary Wing Aviation Logistics and Maintenance Support Operations

Envisioneering employees also play a critical role in the Aviation Maintenance Support Office (AMSO) providing logistical and maintenance support for the fleet of aircraft within the 160th SOAR(A) inventory, and cover initial fielding and sustainment until final disposition of retired systems. Envisioneering’s experienced employee team supports the AMSO, providing the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) with logistics, sustainment, readiness analysis, and support while reducing workload burden at the unit level through interaction with industry to optimize equipment and material sustainment practices, processes, and procedures related to aviation maintenance and related ground support systems. Maintenance support covers every aspect of logistics support, from the IT systems used to track equipment maintenance to repair parts and kits to property book accountability for everything from items or components to the actual airframes. Our logistics personnel support coordination with the SOFSA facility to provide required parts for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance to airframes located at the SOFSA facility. The logistics and maintenance support our contractors provide is key to bringing materiel to a state of readiness in keeping with the 160th’s mission, and augmenting the Commanders maintenance capabilities through the identification, management, and instruction regarding maintenance issues.

Envisioneering is a proud platinum-level corporate sponsor of the Night Stalker Association whose mission is to support Night Stalkers and their families. Each year Envisioneering presents the Aviation Mechanic of the Year award on behalf of the Association to an exceptional active duty Night Stalker who performed aviation repairs under extreme conditions and duress to meet mission objectives.


Systems Engineering and Integration

The Envisioneering team within SIMO provides a variety of support for the 160th SOAR warfighters and their specially modified A/MH-6, MH-60 and MH-47 helicopters. Envisioneering performs advanced rotorcraft systems engineering, primarily in avionics and aircraft survivability equipment, but also encompassing ancillary systems, such as C4I equipment and Voice and Digital Recorders. Envisioneering personnel are well-versed in the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS).


Test and Evaluation (T&E) Support

Associated with our support of the SIMO, we design operational tests of prototype systems and equipment, perform and/or monitor testing, and collect and analyze test results. Our T&E engineers work closely with Army personnel to ensure the needs of the warfighter will be met prior to full-scale production and deployment. Envisioneering employees are located in the SIMO Test and Evaluation cell and are responsible for developing test plans, collecting the data from these plans and coordinating efforts to gain an Airworthiness Release (AWR) for new systems.

Envisioneering employees also play a key role in issues involving current and future ASE systems on the unit’s aircraft. This includes everything from the identification of impending requirements through the development of test plans and subsequent integration of the selected system. The Envisioneering team provides support to the SIMO Avionics and Software cell where the employees are responsible for working with the end-users on the flightline to refine a requirement and then work with industry partners and the program office to develop an acquisition strategy and associated testing requirements. This ranges from everything such as new radios to more complex systems like Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensors for the fleet.


Logistics Support Operations

Envisioneering provides a robust team to the logistics cell, which covers every aspect of logistics. The employees provide basic property book accountability for everything from items or components to the actual aircraft while the airframes are under the control of SIMO until they are transferred back to the line unit. The logistics cell support also encompasses close coordination with the SOFSA facility to provide required parts for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance to airframes located at the SOFSA facility. The logistics cell is responsible for coordinating all logistical requirements for the reset program that is currently being supplemented by the U.S. Army. Envisioneering employees also play a critical role in SIMO’s mission to provide logistical and maintenance support for the fleet of aircraft within the 160th SOAR inventory and cover initial fielding and sustainment until final disposition of a retired system.