Airbus will provide a “digital service focus” to keep repair costs down and to ensure that the aircraft are available for service more regularly. The RAAF currently has a fleet six KC-30A MRTTs. The aircraft is a heavily modified Airbus A330 airliner that enables air-to-air refuelling and strategic air lifts.
“Since the launch of SmartForce in 2018, Airbus is fully committed to support the digital initiatives of our customers. Working collaboratively with them, we have signed five agreements for the co-development of new services and technologies,” said Stephan Miegel, head of military aircraft services at Airbus Defence and Space.
According to Airbus, its “Central Data System” would allow operators to draw on the flight data recorded by the Mission Recording System before providing information outputs about issues registered during the flight and recommended maintenance actions to resolve them. The capability is expected to evolve to allow users to extend the Air Refueling Boom System (ARBS) analytics to entire aircraft level diagnostics.
The Central Data System is a joint development, with Airbus collaborating with Northrop Grumman, the Australian KC-30A Through Life Support (TLS) provider, in sharing data and defining the architecture of the system.
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