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Airbus and DSTA Reveal A330 MRTT Maintenance Analytics

Our Bureau - : Mar 4, 2024 - : 9:01 pm

Airbus Defence and Space and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have collaborated on developing data analytics models for the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aerial refuelling systems. This partnership, initiated with a collaboration agreement in 2018, aims to combine engineering resources from both organisations to co-develop digital solutions supporting the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) A330 MRTT fleet.

The data models detect and analyse behaviours within the A330 MRTT aerial refuelling systems, allowing anticipation of anomalies based on in-flight data parameters. They enable the RSAF to optimise preventive maintenance schedules, reducing downtime, saving costs, and enhancing fleet availability for mission success.

Progress in testing the new single data pipeline for A330 MRTT aircraft maintenance datasets is underway, aiming to be implemented soon. This infrastructure will streamline digitised fleet and supply chain data, leading to cost efficiencies and improved operational readiness for the RSAF.

“With this new data analytics model, we are further strengthening our comprehensive performance-based services and focusing on predictive maintenance for the RSAF A330 MRTT,” said Géraldine Thiercelin, Head of Air Power Customer Services, at Airbus Defence and Space. “Through our partnership with DSTA, we will be able to identify and anticipate non-standard aircraft behaviours prior to future failures, thereby increasing the availability of the RSAF MRTT fleet in various theatres of operation.” 

Ang Jer Meng, DSTA’s Director Air Systems said, “We’re proud to unveil the data analytics models co-developed with Airbus Defence and Space, which will enhance maintenance support and ensure mission success for the RSAF’s MRTT fleet. I’m confident that our ongoing collaboration will accelerate our pursuit of excellence in delivering technological breakthroughs and innovations for the RSAF.” 


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