Corpus Christi Army Depot breaks ground for new helicopter painting facility
Corpus Christi (U.S. Army) — Corpus Christi Army Depot, the core of Army aviation's maintenance, repair and overhaul for helicopters, engines and components, broke ground on a new modernized helicopter facility that will house painting operations for Army helicopters, this December.
When complete, this $34.2 million Aircraft Corrosion Control Facility will meet the painting requirements for the Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook and AH-64 Apache. It will also improve corrosion control and the working environment.
"The Army and the American taxpayers will get their money's worth out of this facility and, most importantly, will be able to provide even better support for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who get to do their job better because of the work that's done here," said John Nerger, the executive deputy to the commanding general of Army Materiel Command.
Depot artisans have been working in the same paint hangar since 1970. The hangar was only designed to paint the Army's smaller helicopters: the UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra, and the larger Chinook aircraft. The hangar has 57,280 square feet of space and is equipped with four dated down-draft water-wash paint booths.
Over the last two decades, however, Corpus Christi Army Depot's workload has expanded to include newer and larger weapon systems, most notably the UH-60, and its Air Force variant, as well as the AH-64.
Army aviation's modernization workload requirements are substantially greater now than they had been in the past. Corpus Christi Army Depot's existing smaller booths cannot keep pace with the Army's production needs. Corpus Christi Army Depot's paint shop must also strive to meet current environmental standards that are not possible in its existing location.