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support equipment

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One of the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements. All equipment (mobile or fixed) required to support the operation and maintenance of a system. It includes but is not limited to ground handling and maintenance equipment, trucks, air conditioners, generators, tools, metrology and calibration equipment, and manual and automatic test equipment. During the acquisition of systems, program managers are expected to decrease the proliferation of support equipment into the inventory by minimizing the development of new support equipment and giving more attention to the use of existing government or commercial equipment.