Lockheed launches interactive tool for Apache aircraft maintainers
Lockheed Martin has launched a new version of its RELY3D interactive suite of applications that supports Apache aircraft maintainers.
RELY3D is the company’s advanced visualisation and training tool designed to support Apache AH-64 sensor system maintainers. It provides aids such as modernised target acquisition designation sight / pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) virtual guides, 3D animations and wiring diagrams.
The advanced tool is aimed at reducing maintenance time on the Apache M-TADS/PNVS system.
Lockheed Martin developed RELY3D based on an employee idea to improve maintenance efficiency through interactive training content.
The tool makes use of capabilities from commercial gaming technology to create advanced visualisation modules for training purposes.
This approach helps reduce training time for Apache aircraft maintainers by up to 60%, the company noted.
Lockheed Martin Apache fire control programme director Matt Hoffman said: “RELY3D is an invaluable tool for our new employees who are just learning about our sensors, as well as field maintainers.
“With this tool, maintainers can troubleshoot and perform maintenance on the flight line, dramatically reducing cost and increasing system availability.
“As the industry pushes to advance training capabilities, we continue to innovate advanced technology and deliver affordable solutions for the Apache aviation community.”
The tool offers an intuitive interface with accurate 3D models to maintainers through a handheld device such as a mobile tablet.
“Maintainers can troubleshoot and perform maintenance on the flight line, dramatically reducing cost and increasing system availability.”
This helps reduce maintenance and repair time on the Apache M-TADS/PNVS and Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems.
Lockheed Martin will also expand the tool to accommodate other rotary and fixed-wing aircraft sensors and weapons systems.
The M-TADS/PNVS system is designed to deliver long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities to Apache helicopter pilots.
The company has so far supplied more than 1,400 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares to the US Army and 16 international customers in 15 nations.
Developed by Boeing, the AH-64 Apache multi-role combat helicopter is in service with the US Army and other nations, including Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, the UAE and the UK.