Raytheon and Uptake, a leader in development of industrial-use artificial intelligence (AI) software, have teamed to bring predictive maintenance capabilities to deployed USMC teams using M88 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV), the companies announced on 23 March.

Raytheon brings to the partnership the technical expertise for onboard recording, processing and transfer of large quantities of sensitive data over secure Wi-Fi, while Uptake brings a suite of advanced AI software that offers actionable insights at the component level.

Commanders should have data-driven confidence that the vehicles chosen for a critical operation are not trending toward an issue right when it matters the most,” explained Matt Gilligan, Vice President of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. “These kinds of decisions don't just save dollars and ensure mission success-- they save lives.”

Current maintenance and logistics decisions are event-based or timeline driven, but militaries are increasingly using advanced data analytics and condition-based monitoring to identify problems and provide alerts before they happen. For US Marines using the M88, this proactive approach ensures predictive maintenance strategies are in place to improve long-term vehicle health and maximise availability.

To shift from reactive to predictive maintenance requires advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies,” commented Brad Kewell, Uptake CEO. “We want to radically improve mission readiness, success and safety for deployed Marines at the tactical edge.”

Raytheon's partnership with Uptake is an example of improving DoD processes by leveraging commercial best practices in support of national security.

An M88A1 ARV replacing the engine in an M1A1 ABRAMS at Camp Coyote, Kuwait, in 2003. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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