Artificial intelligence is one of the buzzwords at this year’s show and companies are queuing up to tout the benefits of this disruptive technology.
That includes US defence giant Raytheon, which has announced that it is working with the US Department of Defense's V-22 Joint Program Office (JPO) to trial a new artificial intelligence tool that will help technicians determine when key repairs need to be made to the multi-mode radar installed on the US Air Force’s fleet of Bell-Boeing CV-22 Ospreys.
Raytheon and the USAF have been working on the pilot project since late 2018 and will continue to test the technology over the next few years, with the aim of improving operational readiness as early as 2020.
“From an artificial intelligence perspective… the game is changing really quickly,” says Todd Probert, vice-president of intelligence, information and services at Raytheon.
“When you look at what is happening in the battlespace today, data is everywhere," he says. "The military that can put that data to work for them is going to really dominate the battlefield.”
Raytheon has been administering the maintenance on the CV-22 programme for more than 20 years, with a significant amount of data collected from the various sensors on the tiltrotor during that time.
The new programme translates data from “those sensor points and [puts] them into actionable maintenance insights”, Probert says, adding this is similar to the changes that have taken place in the automotive world.
“Today, I don’t wait for 3,000 miles, I wait for my car to tell me when it’s time to change the oil because the car is sensing it,” he says.