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Letterkenny Army Depot Overhauls Avenger system

Letterkenny Army Depot Overhauls Avenger system

Nora Zubia and Ron O'Donnell

In support of one of the Army Chief of Staff’s priority initiatives, Letterkenny Army Depot, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, recently completed the overhaul of 72 Avenger systems.

Air and missile defense capabilities that ensure our Soldiers are protected from modern and advanced air and missile delivered Fires including drones, is one of six modernization priorities laid out by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, last fall.

The 72 Avengers will be used as part of the European Deterrence Initiative, a series of defense initiatives that enhance the United States’ deterrence posture and improve the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe.

“This capability gives combat units the ability to maneuver, even when facing threats from close air attacks,” said U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command commander Maj. Gen. Doug Gabram. “That’s a key component of what we need to fight and win.”

The AN/TWQ-1 Avenger is a fully automated, short-range air defense system. It is mounted on a M1097A1 HMMWV chassis, making it highly mobile and easily transportable. The surface-to-air missile fire unit has eight Stinger missiles in two missile pods. The system is capable of acquiring, identifying, tracking and engaging targets from a stationary or moving position.

With national security interests to protect maneuver forces increasing, Letterkenny was selected to over


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