Army Equipment Support Publications (AESPs) provide technical information concerning Army equipment required by planning staff, unit users/operators and technicians involved with operational use, maintenance or repair of the equipment.
The information contained within AESPs is divided into a standard set of categories which detail what information is contained within each category:
Category 1 – Planning and Support Information
This category contains all the information required to manage the equipment and is split into two sub categories as follows:
Category 101 – Purpose and Planning: which details the capabilities of the equipment including information such as weights and dimensions, which is used when transporting the equipment.
Category 111 – Equipment Support Policy Directives (ESPD): which details the spares and maintenance policy for the equipment and where the equipment has been deployed.
These documents are normally used by equipment managers and logisticians located within a Headquarters or an MoD Delivery Team (DT).
Category 2 – Operating Information
This category contains information operators to ensure that the equipment is used correctly and safely.
The main document within this category is the category 201 – Operating information which details the safe operation of the equipment and any maintenance an operator may need to carry out at a basic level (known as level one maintenance).
In addition to the category 201 a category 211 – Aide Memoire is also normally supplied which is a précised version of the operating information including high level information which acts as an easy to use guide for a trained operator.
A category 221 – Training Information is also sometimes provided which contains and special training material, created in support of the equipment.
Category 3 – Technical Description
This category is normally used by the technicians who maintain the equipment.
The information within the document consists of a description of the design and functionality of the components of the system at a detailed level, including how various parts of the system interact with each other.
This information can be used for a number of purposes. It is primarily is used for study and reference but can also be used to assist with fault diagnosis which is contained within category 5 (explained later).
Category 4 – Installation Instructions
This category contains the required information to install the equipment contained within the category 411 if an operator can install the equipment or a category 412 if a technician is required.
Additionally a category 422 or 421 – Preparation for Special Environments may be created which will detail any equipment changes that may be needed before putting the equipment into a different role, for example, if a vehicle that has been previously used in a desert is required to be deployed to the arctic.
Category 5 – Maintenance Information and Instructions
This category is primarily used if technician level maintenance is required for the equipment.
Fault finding information is contained within a category 512, this information guides the reader to diagnose the fault from there the technician can then refer to the category 522 – Repair Instructions which detail the remedial action to be taken.
Other categories that may be included are category 532 – Inspection Standards which detail how a measured inspection of the equipment can be carried out and category 542 – Calibration Standards which show trained technicians how to correctly calibrate equipment at the required intervals.
Category 6 – Scheduled Maintenance
All preventive maintenance tasks are identified within a category 601 – Maintenance schedules which contain all the periodic maintenance required for the equipment.
This information is normally based on a time period but may also contain schedules relating to other periods such as mileage, hours run or rounds fired.
Category 7 – Parts Catalogues and Complete Equipment Schedules
This category contains all the information relating to spares for the equipment contained within a category 711 – Illustrated Parts Catalogue (IPC) which is used for ordering spares and also in conjunction with category 5 when repairing the equipment.
Normally a category 741 – Complete Equipment Schedule (CES) is also produced which contains details of the equipment supplied to be used for accounting purposes.
Category 8 – Modification and General Instructions
This category contains all the information relating to any changes that have been made to the equipment in service either by the manufacturer or the MoD. These changes, including instructions on how to modify the equipment, are contained within these documents.
The main function of the documents is to store the information relating to the changes which is then subsumed into the main documentation when it is up issued.
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