Avionics of Spanish Eurofighters with AI for self-diagnosis

MADRID, ($1=0.88 Euros) – Indra will develop a new artificial intelligence system that will provide the Eurofighter fleet of the Spanish Air Force with the ability to self-diagnose the status of nearly twenty critical combat aircraft systems, which will reinforce, the company stresses, the safety in flight and the superiority of one of the most sophisticated combat aircraft in the world, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing InfoDefensa.

The company has just been awarded the MP C16 R&D project: use of a system based on artificial intelligence [AI] techniques for predictive maintenance of avionics in C.16 Eurofighter, financed by the General Directorate of Armament and Material, on a proposal of the Air Force. The contract has a budget of more than half a million euros.

The system, Indra explains, will detect in advance the possibility of failure in different critical elements and will verify that the aircraft is in perfect condition before each takeoff. “This smart maintenance not only increases safety, but it also saves costs and extends the life of each platform, ensuring maximum fleet availability,” the company notes.

The solution will analyze the huge volumes of data collected by the Eurofighter systems, process them to look for any anomalous behavior, and also record the exact environmental conditions in which this anomaly has occurred and classify the data to train the system, thus increasing its performance. precision progressively. Indra will study the possibility of installing additional sensors on the aircraft to enhance the system’s capabilities.

Artificial intelligence, decisive technology

“Indra is making progress with this project in the digitization of key defense systems for the future. The combat cloud, hyperconnectivity, virtual reality or artificial intelligence itself will be decisive technologies for armies to maintain their operational capacity in the coming years”, highlights the company. And it adds: “The development of this solution improves the maintenance of the Eurofighter and opens a new path in the use of AI in this fighter.”

Indra’s artificial intelligence system will also contribute to the development of the Air Force’s Sustainable and Intelligent Connected Air Base (Bacsi), an initiative that is committed to more operational, efficient, and sustainable bases thanks to the technological and digital revolution.

Digital transformation and sustainability 4.0

The project is also aligned with the plans of the Armed Forces and the Air Force to advance their digital transformation to face new threats. The development of this system is possible thanks to Indra’s cooperation with the personnel of the Ministry of Defense and the airbases and the data collected over the years by the Air Force and the company.

The implementation of this AI solution will represent a hitherto unexplored milestone in aircraft maintenance in Spain. Indra highlights that it also represents a breakthrough in the application of the Sustainability 4.0 concept in which the company works and that it proposes the introduction of the most avant-garde technologies to comprehensively manage and with a degree of millimeter control the maintenance and logistics of the armies. “Its incorporation will allow us to have much more agile armed forces, with greater deployment capacity and efficiency in the face of the most technologically advanced adversaries,” he points out.

The future of defense is digital

The dizzying speed with which the world is digitizing forces the most advanced armies to undertake a profound transformation to adapt and not lose their superiority against the adversary.

The weight of new cutting-edge technologies in next-generation systems and platforms is increasing. Aircraft, ships, and armor will operate in a few years as true ‘systems of systems, exchanging data in real-time thanks to combat clouds, artificial intelligence, hyperconnectivity, advanced sensors, next-generation interfaces, intelligent robotics, hybrid simulation, etc.

In this regard, Indra underlines that it is pushing the frontiers of AI and the progress it has made together with universities and the Spanish Armed Forces has already been published in different forums and top-level scientific journals. On the other hand, the company participates in the great European and national innovation and development programs that will mark the future of Defense: it is the national coordinator of the NGWS / FCAS; works on the digitization of the 8×8 Dragon vehicle; It has deployed powerful early warning and space surveillance radars and is involved in the development of the command and control and cyber situational awareness systems of the future that will protect Europe.

“From its position as a leader in large programs, Indra works to be a driving force in Spanish industry and ensure that it not only gains volume of work but also positions itself in those activities with the highest added value and technological and digital content, in which there is true growth, innovation, and jobs with the highest quality and projection” concludes the company.

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