V-22 radar maintenance goes digital
Maintenance support on the US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys is going digital with a new artificial intelligence tool being trialled to help better determine when repairs are needed to the aircraft’s multi-mode radar.
Being trialled by the US military's V-22 joint programme office and Raytheon, the tool uses performance data already collected on CV-22 radars to tell exactly when the radar may need to be repaired or replaced.
The capability mirrors how many commercial airlines perform fleet maintenance. For example, some commercial aircraft engine manufacturers can report the exact condition of their engines in real time, along with recommendations on where and when repairs should be conducted. In addition to saving time and money by not doing unnecessary repairs, using AI to predict maintenance needs allows the service to move the right tools, parts and technicians where and when they're needed.
Raytheon and the air force began working on this pilot programme in late 2018 and will continue to test the concept, with the intent of improving CV-22 readiness as early as 2020.
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