BAE Systems looks to digitise supply chains
BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) will test a new approach to supply chain digitisation on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme, BAE Systems announced on 19 March.
Under the project BAE Systems and AMGC will attempt to bring increased digitisation to JSF programme that avoids having to use expensive, proprietary software which is a major barrier to Australian SME manufacturers participating in global supply chains. Digitisation will allow project partners to see plans in real time, identify and resolve issues faster, improve risk management and optimise production.
BAE Systems supplies 300 titanium components every month for each F-35 vertical tail. The company will work with its existing JSF supply chain partners Axiom Precision Manufacturing and RUAG on this project, together with Advanced Focus and Flinders University.
The project is part of a series of activities that the company is running on its own or in collaboration with industry and universities. The project success could also see the adoption of digitisation on other major defence projects including the Jindalee Operational Radar Network and the Hunter-class frigate programme.
Australia received its first two F-35 aircraft in December 2018.
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