US Navy opts for IFS for mission-critical maintenance planning

IFS and global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin have been selected by the US Navy to deliver an intelligent maintenance solution that will ensure personnel spend more time focused on the mission and less on aircraft and ship repairs.

Together, they will help the US Navy power its digital transformation of multiple legacy systems into a single, fully modernised and responsive logistics information system.

The IFS solution comprises capabilities for planning and executing maintenance, repair, and overhaul of more than 3,000 assets including aircraft, ships, and land-based equipment. The Naval Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (N-MRO) solution combines artificial intelligence, digital twin capabilities and predictive analytics to anticipate and react to potential equipment failures before they happen, which will contribute to the enhanced support of maintenance, supply logistics, real-time fleet management and other business functions for more than 200,000 personnel.

With the added support of software developer Beast Code, the solution will initially be fielded at multiple US Navy sites to help sailors and marine corps maintainers break down operational silos and work towards a common maintenance workflow across all ship and aircraft platforms.

It is hoped that the digital transformation of the US Navy’s maintenance systems will lead to increased data accuracy, streamlined workflows and ultimately less asset downtime and fewer unscheduled maintenance events.

Scott Helmer, president of aerospace and defence at IFS, said: “We are proud to be part of N-MRO, which will set a new global standard for Total Asset Readiness and the way defence organisations manage asset maintenance and logistics, both ashore and afloat. A&D has been a key focus industry at IFS for decades and this landmark deal stands as testament to the success of our long-term strategy and determination. Working with Lockheed Martin and the US Navy, we are already making great strides and look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

Reeves Valentine, vice president of enterprise sustainment solutions at Lockheed Martin, added: “Our goal is to provide capabilities that create real value across the Navy’s complex, multi-site operations and optimise its mission-critical maintenance processes. We want to empower Navy personnel with tools that are easy and effective to use with intuitive interfaces, streamlined workflows and timesaving, intelligent features. IFS distinguished itself by providing all of these capabilities through a single, commercial-off-the-shelf solution.”