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USAF: IoT can help with fighter jet maintenance

By Nicholas Fearn, Internet of Business

Apr 01, 2016

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The U.S. Air Force believes that the Internet of Things (IoT) can help airmen of the future, offering up possibilities for pre-processing, filtering, data reduction and feature generation. It’s also interested in technology that can be used in both military and commercial contexts.

Graham Grose, industry director of the IFS Aerospace & Defence Centre of Excellence, sees many benefits of air forces using IoT. In particular, he says it can help in maintaining fighter jets such as the F-35.

He said at the start of the year: ““The Internet of Things is now playing a big role in maintenance hangars. The next generation of warplane has arrived in the F-35, and military logistics needs to move with this.

“An F-35 jet has internal and external sensors that send real-time data to a ground-based logistics support solution, which then seeks to optimise the end-to-end (E2E) support chain. Hours can be saved in the maintenance bay by making sure the right equipment is available in the right place at the right time, so engineers are prepared for the task in hand, ready to return the aircraft to operational status in the shortest possible time.”

The U.S. Air Force also wants to find a quicker way to process data.

Read more about challenges of data processing while in flight.