British forces deploy JAMES technology
Lockheed Martin has announced that its Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solutions (JAMES) technology has been deployed by British forces using ruggedised laptops in Afghanistan. JAMES is a logistic information management software system that monitors millions of pieces of armed forces equipment for availability, location, condition and configuration.
According to the company, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is acquiring 12,000 ruggedised laptops that will enable users, including those in operational bases, to record maintenance and configuration, helping to increase operational effectiveness.
Originally developed to monitor army vehicles, the technology has expanded in the past eight years, and now all three services use the system to analyse maintenance, repair and failure data of land-based equipment ranging from vehicles to small arms, generators and night vision goggles. Most recently, ISO containers and aircraft ground support equipment have been added to the capability.
Toby Mills, managing director of Lockheed Martin UK global training and logistics, said: ‘JAMES is allowing us to carry out equipment management much more effectively so that we can monitor spares usage and only procure the spares that are needed, therefore saving support costs and improving the efficiency of availability contracts.’
Development of the JAMES technology continues to expand. The system has also been in use on the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean, while trials are also taking place to assess the ability to extract performance data from vehicles using their Health and Usage Monitoring Systems by downloading it straight to JAMES laptops.
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