A Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) strategy can help designers in military programs increase reliability and availability, improve maintenance practices, and lower life cycle costs. Low-cost line replaceable units (LRUs) designed for condition monitoring and health assessment can be a large part of a CBM+ integrated strategy.
Military procurement has exploited commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software for decades to cut costs and improve performance. However, the maintenance enterprise has progressed at a slower pace. Like an aircraft carrier, it has been difficult to redirect, but in today’s dire budgetary environment the need to do so is ever more pressing.
Leveraging Intel Atom-based processing technology, engineers at Aitech Defense Systems in Chatsworth, CA, are able to provide a rugged, lightweight, control unit for military ground vehicles. The NightHawk RCU, weighing only 4.5 lbs, provides Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) for military...