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RAAF Signs Up for Airbus SmartForce Digital Services

: Feb 22, 2021 - : 3:54 am

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has inked a contract with Airbus to provide a digital services focus based on Airbus’ SmartForce  suite of digital services for the maintenance of the Air Refueling Boom System (ARBS) for its KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) fleet.

“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. We are proud to see that military operators are increasingly joining us on our digital journey,” said  Stephan Miegel, Head of Military Aircraft Services at Airbus Defence and Space.

This digital service is based on the Airbus suite of digital services SmartForce which is intended to support the operator in reducing maintenance costs and improving fleet availability by optimizing the fault diagnosis and troubleshooting tasks for the ARBS of the tanker aircraft, based on data analytics applications.

“The introduction of the Central Data System has provided significant benefits in terms of increased availability of the ARBS. The recent agreement between Airbus and Northrop Grumman Australia ensures that the RAAF continues to benefit from this capability as well as providing the opportunity for ongoing collaboration and sharing of data and analytics to enhance the ARBS capability,” said Jake Adams, Northrop Grumman Australia KC-30A Programme Manager.

The Central Data System plays a key role, allowing operators to draw on the flight data recorded by the Mission Recording System and provides information outputs about issues registered during the flight and recommended maintenance actions to fix them.

The Central Data System is a joint development within the KC-30A Enterprise and built upon a successful long-standing collaboration among Airbus, the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and the Australian KC-30A Through Life Support (TLS) provider Northrop Grumman Australia, in sharing data and defining the architecture of the system.

“The Central Data System delivers a significant capability benefit for the KC-30A aircraft and demonstrates the strong commitment within the KC-30A enterprise to innovation and improvement,” said Group Captain Scott Parry, Officer Commanding Heavy Air Lift Systems Programme Office.

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