Airbus has introduced its advanced data analytics tool – SmartForce, inching closer towards realizing its ambition of having an expanded military product line in the aviation community.
Launched by Airbus Defence and Space together with Airbus Helicopters, the SmartForce suite of services is meant to empower military operators to use the information collected by their aircraft to boost operational safety, improve mission availability and reduce maintenance support costs. The system will slot in on-site private data clouds to back specific defense security needs, as well as prepare the ground for operational data-sharing between allies.
Space experts say the subsequent enhanced decision-making shrinks maintenance burden and lifts fleet availability. Operators can benefit from services to improve troubleshooting, optimize maintenance effort, predict maintenance actions and plan smartly for demand.
The system will enable substantially more efficient maintenance by drilling into the wealth of data acquired by new generation helicopters and aircraft such as the NH90, A400M and A330 MRTT resulting in new standards of aircraft availability and the freeing of resources to focus on mission execution.
Stephan Miegel, head of military aircraft services at Airbus Defence and Space says SmartForce will help the military optimize maintenance practices, enable better data-driven decision-making, and provide predictive solutions that will help reduce workload and costs.
SmartForce will incorporate robust security measures such as geographic isolation, the use of accredited personnel, and monitoring by national cyber-security authorities to fulfill defense security requirements.
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