Raytheon Company and Uptake, a leader in the development of industrial-use artificial intelligence software, have teamed to bring predictive maintenance capabilities to deployed U.S. Marine Corps teams using M88 armored recovery vehicles. With this partnership, Raytheon brings the technical ability for onboard recording, processing and transfer of large quantities of sensitive data over secure Wi-Fi, while Uptake brings a suite of advanced artificial intelligence software that offers actionable insights at the component level.
“Commanders should have data-driven confidence that the vehicles chosen for a critical operation are not trending toward an issue right when it matters the most,” said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business. “These kinds of decisions don’t just save dollars and ensure mission success– they save lives.”
Current maintenance and logistics decisions are event based or timeline driven, but militaries are increasingly using advanced data analytics and condition-based monitoring to identify problems and provide alerts before they happen. For Marines using the M88, this proactive approach ensures predictive maintenance strategies are in place to improve long-term vehicle health and maximize availability.
“To shift from reactive to predictive maintenance requires advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies,” said Brad Kewell, Uptake’s Founder and CEO. “We want to radically improve mission readiness, success and safety for deployed Marines at the tactical edge.”
Raytheon’s partnership with Uptake is an example of improving Department of Defense processes by leveraging commercial best practices in support of national security.
Raytheon Company, with 2019 sales of $29 billion and 70,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 98 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I® products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.