This instruction implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 21-1, Managing Aerospace Equipment Maintenance; AFPD 23-2, Supplies and Materiel Management; Air Force Supplement 1 to Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.2, Part 5, Section I, Modification Approval and Management, Part 9, Section A, Configuration Management, and Part 9, Section B, Data Management; Air Force Instruction (AFI) 21-114, Managing Intercontinental BalIistic Missiles Maintenance; and AFI 21-108, Maintenance Management of Space Systems. It authorizes the designation of spacelift and missile systems fixed installed or mobile support equipment as either Real Property Installed Equipment (RPIE) or Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE). It provides the criteria for determining designation, and outlines Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) responsibilities. It applies to all AFSPC units that operate, and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) units that manage and support fixed installed or mobile support equipment related to or associated with spacelift or missile weapon systems. Units may develop supplements or local operating instructions to implement this instruction. This instruction does not apply to Air National Guard nor Air Force Reserve units.


Section A--Designation and Redesignation Procedures.......................................................... 1

Section B--Criteria For Determining RPIE/AGE......................................................................... 2
Section C--Property Accountability........................................................................................... 3

Section D--Budgeting and Funding Responsibilities............................................................... 4

Section E--Supply Support..................................................................................................... 4

Section F--Maintenance Responsibilities.................................................................................. 5

Terms........................................................................................................................................... 7

Section A -- Designation and Redesignation Procedures

1. General. Spacelift is defined as all processes involved in the preparation and delivery of a payload to orbit. This includes all activities and equipment at the launch pads, booster and payload processing facilities, and spacelift ranges. Missile systems (missile processing and alert facilities) are defined as all processes and systems involved in preparing ICBMs, maintaining them on alert, and launching and tracking them. RPIE and AGE designations for ICBM systems already operational will remain in effect until a request for redesignation is submitted and approved IAW paragraph 3.1 of this instruction.

1.1. Accomplish initial RPIE/AGE designation (new acquisitions) as early in spacelift/missile system development as possible, but no later than the system's Critical Design Review (CDR).

1.1.1. AFSPC and AFMC will establish a joint working group to survey each new system. By joint action of the conferees, individual items will be designated RPIE or AGE IAW criteria established in Section B of this instruction. The groups will forward to HQ AFSPC/LGM/CEP and the System Program Director (SPD) the proposed designations for signatures. Once signed, the designation will apply to all AFSPC wings/groups that will operate and AFMC units that will manage and support this equipment.

1.1.2. Where systems have already passed the design phase (i.e., in production or operational) and the RPIE/AGE designations have not been jointly made, AFSPC and AFMC will establish a joint working group to accomplish the designation action using the criteria in Section B of this instruction. The groups will forward to HQ AFSPC/LGM/CEP and the SPD the proposed designations for signature. Once signed the designation will apply to all AFSPC wings operating and AFMC units managing and supporting this equipment.

1.1.3. The RPIE/AGE working group will have the following membership: HQ AFSPC/LG/CE/DO/SC, HQ AFMC/DR, 30 & 45 SWs/CONS/CE/LG/OG, SMC/AL, OO-ALC/CDS, and SM-ALC/LHL. Other agencies and units can attend if required.

2. Equipment Designation Guidelines.

2.1. AFMC and AFSPC will:

2.1.1. Determine RPIE/AGE designation during the spacelift or missile system design phase.

2.1.2. Validate individual items, to the subsystems level, as RPIE or AGE IAW criteria established in Section B.

2.1.3. Jointly determine RPIE/AGE designation for existing spacelift and missile systems where needed.
2.2. AFMC will:

2.2.1. Provide a master equipment list (MEL) that identifies proposed RPIE in new or existing systems.

2.2.2. Provide a MEL for proposed AGE equipment for new or existing systems.

3. Redesignation Guidelines.

3.1. Redesignation may be accomplished after approval by HQ AFSPC/LG/CE and HQ AFMC/DR if AFSPC's operating experience determines logistical support of a subsystem, or item of equipment designated RPIE or AGE, would be more advantageous in the opposite category. When redesignating equipment, efforts must be made to ensure support contracts are not negatively impacted. Redesignation of items of equipment may have to be phased in over a period of time to allow for appropriate adjustment of existing support contracts.

3.2. Submit requests for redesignation through the wing/group commander or SPD to HQ AFSPC/LGM for appropriate action. HQ AFSPC/LGM will coordinate with HQ AFSPC/CEP/DOO and HQ AFMC/DRS before taking action.

3.3. Approved requests for redesignation will apply to all equipment at appropriate AFSPC wings/groups used in a similar application. HQ AFSPC/LGM will coordinated all requests with affected wings/groups before approval and implementation.

Section B -- Criteria for Determining RPIE/AGE Designations

4. RPIE or AGE Designation Guidelines.

4.1. RPIE:

4.1.1. Designate fixed installed support subsystems or equipment RPIE if any of the following apply: Items of equipment essential to the function of the Real Property (RP). Items of equipment are common commercial type items or are predominantly composed of such items and do not fit the criteria in paragraph Based on engineering estimates and previous operations experience, AFMC centralized configuration management will not be required. Items or subsystems are not subject to modifications requiring AFMC centralized configuration management. Local configuration management of equipment can be established and maintained if deemed necessary by HQ AFSPC/CE. Spares and spare parts are common commercial type items and base procured (BP).

4.2. AGE:

4.2.1. Designate fixed installed support subsystems or mobile items of equipment AGE if any of the following apply: Items of equipment which prime function is to support the mission hardware and/or software, and it is specifically configured to support the processing, countdown, launch, tracking, telemetry, and/or guidance of a space booster, payload, or missile. Based on engineering estimates and previous operations experience, AFMC centralized configuration management will be required. Spares and spare parts are provisioned and centrally procured (CP).

4.3. The integrity of functional subsystems will be maintained. Designations will be made, to the extent feasible, on the basis of the subsystem, rather than by individual items of equipment. When a subsystem is designated or redesignated RPIE or AGE, all of its components will be designated and handled in the same manner as the subsystem, unless operational experience proves this impractical.

4.4. Justification must be provided to HQ AFSPC/LGM when it is impractical to designate the components of a subsystem the same as the subsystem. A system and its components can be designated differently with concurrence from HQ AFSPC/LGM/CEF and HQ AFMC/DRS. The different designations will apply to all applicable AFSPC units.

Section C -- Property Accountability

5. RPIE/AGE Designated Equipment End Items.

5.1. Account for RPIE designated equipment end items on the Support Base Civil Engineer's (SBCE) Real Property (RP) accountable records.

5.2. Integrate AGE designated end items into the Equipment Authorization Inventory Data
(EAID) system of AFSPC and resulting Allowance Standards (ASs).

6. Records Management.

6.1. SBCE will maintain records of equipment end items designated RPIE.

6.2. HQ AFSPC/CE will maintain RPIE technical data IAW paragraph 10 of this instruction. HQ AFSPC/CEF will manage Civil Engineering Manuals (CEMs). SBCE will manage other technical data.

6.3. AFMC will maintain configuration management records of end items designated AGE.

Section D -- Budgeting and Funding Responsibilities

7. Responsibilities. AFSPC and AFMC will coordinate to ensure orderly transfer of support responsibility, including financial planning.

7.1. AFSPC has responsibility to furnish:

7.1.1. Spares required to support RPIE no later than the 46th day after final site acceptance.

7.1.2. RPIE end item replacements.

7.1.3. RPIE follow-on CEMs, technical data, and changes, except in the case of system changes that occur as a result of mission system modifications.

7.2. AFMC has responsibility to furnish:

7.2.1. Spares support for all RPIE designations until 45 days after final site acceptance.

7.2.2. Mission system modification spares until 45 days after turnover.

7.2.3. Initial technical data, including RPIE CEMs and all changes required as the result of AFMC generated update programs through the end of the Category II test program or acquisition phase, whichever occurs later.

7.2.4. Operational spares support for all items designated AGE in accordance with applicable directives.

7.2.5. AGE follow-on spares.

7.2.6. AGE follow-on technical data.

7.2.7. Configuration management initiated by AFMC for RPIE, to include accurate baseline drawings and equipment lists.

Section E -- Supply Support

8. Provisioning. AFMC will accomplish cataloging for selected equipment not carrying National Stock Numbers (NSNs) 90 days before final site acceptance or equipment turnover.

8.1. Provisioning conferences will be conducted on-site. They will be chaired by AFMC.

8.2. For RPIE items, AFSPC will:

8.2.1. Assume support responsibility for RPIE on the 46th day after final site acceptance or equipment turnover.

8.2.2. Involve appropriate AFSPC offices with AFMC support activity at the earliest possible date, but no later than the acceptance of an operational configuration.

8.3. For RPIE items, AFSPC personnel will actively participate in:

8.3.1. Records maintenance.

8.3.2. Receipt, storage, and issue activities.

8.3.3. Updating items to latest identifying number.

8.3.4. Development and/or review of all supply documentation
8.3.5. Updating the Recommended Spare Parts List (RSPL) to reflect optimum operational experience.

8.3.6. SBCE will provide supply support for RPIE items through BP using local commercial sources.

8.4. For RPIE items, AFMC will:

8.4.1. Ensure development of the RSPL 120 days before acceptance of the system.

8.4.2. Take necessary action to effect BP or CP coding and submit the coded RSPLs to the proper base for provisioning action not later than 90 days before final site acceptance or equipment turnover.

8.5. For AGE items, AFMC will:

8.5.1. Provide supply support IAW AFM 67-1 after turnover of the system/equipment.

Section F -- Maintenance Responsibilities

9. Maintenance Responsibilities. The spacelift or missile unit commander is responsible for scheduling and controlling maintenance activities on all assigned equipment after turnover of the system/equipment.

9.1. RPIE Maintenance:

9.1.1. SBCE is responsible for performing organizational and depot level maintenance on RPIE in accordance with applicable Air Force directives.

9.1.2. SBCE will provide engineering support and technical guidance to the spacelift or missile unit commander to ensure conformance with accepted Air Force Standards of Maintenance.

9.2. AGE Maintenance:

9.2.1. Organizational maintenance will be accomplished on AGE equipment by AFSPC wings/groups in accordance with the management principles and procedures outlined in AFI 21-108, AFI 21-114, and TO 00-20E-1.

9.2.2. Depot level maintenance support will be provided by AFMC IAW AFI 21-108 and AFI 21-114.

10. Technical Data:

10.1. RPIE Technical Data:

10.1.1. Will consist of CEMs for critical RPIE systems as identified by HQ AFSPC/CE. Critical systems here refer to systems that have been designated RPIE and have become the responsibility of the SBCE. CEMs will include an equipment CEM, system CEM, and periodic inspection CEM for each critical RPIE system. HQ AFSPC/CEF has criteria and specifications for the CEMs Program. HQ AFSPC/CEF will manage CEMs IAW MIL Specs, MIL-M-38312C and MIL-M-38313D.

10.1.2. Will be the same used in industry and obtained from the manufacturer for non-critical systems.

10.1.3. May contain system data furnished by the mission system contractor.

10.1.4. Will include baseline (as-builts) drawings

10.1.5. Will not be included in the Technical Order (TO) system.

10.1.6. Will be provided to AFSPC in the required quantities before operational turnover.

10.2. In the event of a redesignation from RPIE to AGE, the technical data will then be included in the TO system in the most feasible manner.

10.3. AGE technical data will be developed and managed IAW TO 00-5-3, AFI21-114, for ICBMs, and AFI21-108, for spacelift.

11. Equipment Modifications:

11.1. All AGE modifications will follow the equipment modification process established in Air Force Supplement 1, to DoDI 5000.2, Part 5, Section I, and AFSPC Instruction 21-104.

11.2. All RPIE modications will follow locally established configuration management procedures and be coordinated with HQ AFSPC/LGM before implementation.

Vice Commander

Deputy Director of Requirements


Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE): All equipment required to support a spacelift/missile system in its intended operational environment. This equipment directly supports the flight/operational elements and is mission critical to system operations. This equipment has a high degree of configuration compatibility with the spacelift/missile system. Close coordination is necessary during development, procurement, modification, and maintenance of this equipment and the spacelift/missile system. This equipment requires centralized configuration management. It is centrally procured, chargeable to the major procurement appropriation peculiar to one specific system. Spares are provisioned.

Common Support Equipment (CSE): A type of SE that is designed for a wide range of applications and usually exists in the normal SE inventory.

Configuration Control: The systematic process of proposal, justification, evaluation, coordination, approval or disapproval, issuing deviations, and waivers to approved configurations, and ensuring the implementation of approved changes in the baseline configuration. Configuration control continues throughout the life of a system.

Configuration Management (CM): A discipline applying technical and administrative direction and surveillance to identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of a system, control changes to a system and its documentation. Change processing and implementation status is recorded and reported. Configuration management is maintained throughout the life of the system.

Depot Level Maintenance (DLM): Maintenance performed on materiel requiring major overhaul or a complete rebuild of parts, assemblies, subassemblies, and end items, including the manufacture of parts, modifications, testing, and reclamation. Depot level maintenance supports organizational maintenance by: (1) providing technical assistance and performing that maintenance which is beyond organizational responsibilities or capabilities, and (2) providing stocks of serviceable equipment and using more extensive facilities for repair than are available in organizational level maintenance.

End Item: An entity of hardware which is not to be installed in another piece of equipment. The end item for airborne units is the aerospace vehicle itself. For AGE, it is that configuration of hardware not installed in, or physically attached to, another piece of equipment to the extent that it loses its end item identity. Engines will also be considered as an end item when they are in a removed status.

Mission Critical: Equipment which failure to have, or failure of it to operate properly, will either cause immediate degradation in spacelift/missile systems ability to perform its mission, or complete failure of the spacelift/missile system to perform its mission.

Mission Equipment (ME): Equipment that is a functional part of a system or subsystem and that is required to perform mission operations. ME includes such items as aircraft radios, missile/spacelift launching mechanisms, engines, constant speed drives, munitions pylons, command and control displays, and radar sets. ME may include nonconsumable or investment items with expendability recoverability-reparability codes.

Modification: An alteration that changes the systems form, fit, or function or resolves an operational, design, or logistics supportability deficiency.

Organizational Level Maintenance (OLM): On-equipment Launch Vehicle (LV )and Launch Base Complex (LBC) maintenance are considered organizational level maintenance. Organizational level maintenance supports the LV through remove and replace actions as necessary to return the LV to an operational state. Off-equipment maintenance is either organizational level or depot level. The level depends on the complexity of the component under repair, availability of procedures to perform the repair, and the skills, tools, and test equipment required to repair the item. If Space Launch Squadron (SLS) organizational maintenance cannot be performed due to any of the above requirements, it is considered to be depot maintenance. Maintenance is performed to ensure all spacelift systems are serviceable, safe to operate, properly configured, and available for use. Preventive organizational maintenance is performed to avoid premature equipment failure. This is done by sustaining the inherent reliability designed and manufactured into the systems. Corrective maintenance is performed to restore launch vehicle systems, RP, RPIE, and AGE to full mission capable status.

Real Property: Land and all things of a permanent nature and things by hands of man. By nature - products of the land (i.e., natural resources); by hands of man - utility systems, improvements, related property rights, and equipment attached to and made part of buildings (i.e., such as heating systems), fences, and structures, bridges erected upon the land. Real property does not include moveable equipment (i.e., plant/shop equipment). The chief characteristic of real property is its immobility.

Real Property Installed Equipment (RPIE): Government owned or leased accessory equipment, apparatus, and fixtures that are essential to the function of the real property (i.e., plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, and elevators). It is physically attached to, integrated into, or built in or on Air Force property and normally is procured through the military construction program (MCP) and installed as part of the construction effort. It is not subject to modifications that require centralized configuration and control. It is not reflected in the EAID. Its maintenance is such that spares are locally procured.

Site: All systems and supporting technical facilities associated with a spacelift/missile system and located within a limited geographical area.

Subsystem: A major functional subassembly or grouping of items of equipment that are essential to operational completeness of a system.

Support Equipment (SE): All equipment (mobile or fixed) required to support the operation and maintenance of a materiel system. This includes associated multi-use end items, ground handling and maintenance equipment, tools, metrology and calibration equipment, communications resources, test equipment, and automatic test equipment, with diagnostic software for both on and off equipment maintenance. It includes the acquisition of logistics support for the test support and test equipment itself. One of the principle elements of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).

Support Equipment Critical Item: An item of SE for which the time, cost, safety, or state of the art required to obtain it makes meeting contractual end article delivery schedules, or the need date, a critical factor. SE critical items are afforded special management attention.

System: An integrated grouping of all subdivisions of a system, including checkout and servicing equipment and associated personnel, working in sequence to establish proper functional continuity toward the successful performance of a defined task or tasks.

Turnover: That point in time when the operating command (AFSPC) formally accepts responsibility and accountability from the implementing command (AFMC) for the operation and organizational maintenance of the system or equipment being acquired.