The US Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) has expanded its partnership with AI and Data Exploration company Virtualitics to improve the service’s aircraft availability and mission readiness.
Under the new contract, Virtualitics will establish a Center of Excellence to deliver AI-enabled software solutions for bomber and missile weapon systems to increase aircraft availability and mission readiness.
AFGSC will benefit from Virtualitics’ technology to deliver predictive maintenance, inventory management, supply chain optimization, and manpower resource allocation. Connecting these enterprise solutions ensures that aircraft maintenance needs are identified and aligned with the exact resources and parts available.
The USAF has been working to improve Mission-Capable rates, the principle metric that indicates the health and readiness of an aircraft fleet. AFGSC will deploy AI to predict aircraft failure and raise MC rates with Virtualitics. with this capability, technicians will be matched to the right job and can proactively address critical issues during routine maintenance to avoid unplanned downtime while keeping mission-critical aircraft airworthy.
Virtualitics focuses on leveraging explainable AI techniques that foster a level of transparency that enables stakeholders to clearly understand the ‘why’ behind a prediction, and look deeper into the raw data.
With the Virtualitics AI platform, the company is aiming to give AFGSC improved decision-making across all echelons, from the Commander’s office to the wing and down to the warfighter.
Virtualitics has worked with AFGSC for three years, and these new use cases represent a significant expansion of the partnership and AFGSC’s dedication to bringing advanced AI capabilities to the battlefield.
“Predictive maintenance will absolutely change the game for commanders,” said Maj. General Jeff Taliaferro, US Air Force (Ret). “Virtualitics makes it possible for not only improved day-to-day decisions but even more importantly deployment decisions. Knowing in advance an aircraft will need a major repair before deployment will enable much better decisions that could save missions and millions of taxpayer dollars.”
“We’re extremely proud to grow our partnership with the United States Air Force to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems and support vital missions carried out across the globe,” said Michael Amori, CEO and co-founder of Virtualitics. “The partnership reiterates Virtualitics’ momentum in
the Federal space. Gartner named us a 2022 Cool Vendor for analytics and data science, and that recognition is only reaffirmed when we earn the trust of organizations as well-respected as AFGSC.”