Enhances Operational Availability for Spanish Air Force
Indra is to provide an artificial intelligence (AI)-based system to provide Spanish Air Force Eurofighters with the ability to self-diagnose the status of around twenty critical avionics systems, thus enhancing flight safety and operational readiness, the company announced on 13 January.
The adoption of technologies such as the combat cloud, hyper-connectivity, virtual reality and AI will be decisive for forces seeking to maintain operational capacity. Indra is developing this solution within the context of the Air Force’s Connected, Sustainable, and Intelligent Air Base (BACSI) programme to improve Eurofighter maintenance. This opens up new avenues for preparing the aircraft for the use of cutting-edge technologies such as AI. The solution will allow early detection of possible failure in various critical systems, thereby not only improving safety, but also saves costs, extends service life and ensures maximum fleet availability. The expert system will analyse and process huge volumes of data collected by the aircraft, to look for anomalous behavior. It will also record precise environmental conditions, in order to classify the data and train the system, thus progressively increasing accuracy. Indra will also study the possibility of installing additional sensors on the aircraft, to enhance system capabilities.
Deployment of this AI solution will represent a new, previously unexplored milestone in aircraft maintenance in Spain. It also represents an advance in the application of the Sustainment 4.0 concept that Indra is engaged in, which proposes the introduction of advanced technologies to comprehensively manage maintenance and logistics with an extremely precise degree of control. Their incorporation will allow for much more agile armed forces, with greater deployment capacity and effectiveness against the most technologically advanced adversaries.