BAE Systems and the Royal Air Force are exploring how fast jet support could be carried out smarter and faster using transformative technologies as well as greener, sustainable solutions and digital twinning. The innovations will significantly reduce costs and improve the availability of front line Typhoon fighter jets and, in the future, Tempest.
Some of the programmes being trialled include:
- Exoskeletons – allowing aircrew and maintenance teams to safely handle and articulate greater loads;
- Autonomous co-bots – these free-moving robots could work in tandem with the exoskeleton users assisting with training and maintenance tasks;
- Augmented Reality headsets – allowing data to be visualised in new ways by offering aircraft maintainers hands-free access to technical publications and the capability to view a digital twin of the aircraft and its maintenance history;
- Sustainable operations – delivering advanced synthetic training to pilots and aircrew whilst maximising use of renewable resources to help the RAF meet its target of net zero by 2040.