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Airbus applies SmartForce to Australian KC-30A fleet
Airbus announced on 28 January that it recently signed a contract to provide a ‘digital services focus’ for maintenance of the Air Refueling Boom System (ARBS) on the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport fleet.
Based on the Airbus SmartForce suite, the Central Data System (CDS) service is intended to support the operator in reducing maintenance costs and improving fleet availability by optimising fault diagnosis and troubleshooting tasks for the ARBS of the tanker aircraft, based on data analytics applications.
SmartForce allows operators to draw on the flight data recorded by the Mission Recording System. It also provides information outputs about issues registered during the flight and recommended maintenance actions to fix them.
The CDS is the fruit of collaboration between Airbus, RAAF KC-30A through-life support provider Northrop Grumman Australia and the Australian government.
Future proposed development of the SmartForce capability ‘will allow customers which apply this technology to their fleet to be able to extend the ARBS analytics to entire aircraft level diagnostics’, Airbus noted.
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