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Harnessing the power of data-driven intelligence

As a leader in digital transformation, Airbus enables military customers to unlock the power of big data analytics for improved operational readiness.

The SmartForce suite of services exploits the rich store of data gathered by Airbus-built military aircraft and helicopters, providing data-driven intelligence whenever and wherever needed. This leads to optimised maintenance practices; better informed, data-driven decision-making; and predictive solutions that reduce workload and costs.

An important benefit of SmartForce is the sharing of aggregated data between operators through secure platforms, increasing the range, scale and effectiveness of the data while always respecting national security boundaries. The result is maximum fleet availability and optimised maintenance – enabling rapid and robust decision-making while controlling costs.

Expertise based on proven data services

SmartForce builds on Airbus’ successful introduction of the Skywise aviation data platform for operators of its commercial jetliners as well as the HCare Connected Services for users of its helicopters.

By breaking through information siloes, SmartForce can help military operators more rapidly perform root cause analysis and develop faster troubleshooting, providing more efficient support. An important benefit of SmartForce is the sharing of aggregated data between operators while fully respecting national security boundaries.

For diagnostics, SmartForce provides the automatic processing of failure management data through advanced algorithms of recorded failure codes, automatically identifying the faulted elements. This optimises maintenance efforts by simplifying the detection of faulted elements.

Rapid and robust decision-making

SmartForce’s reliability-related analytical services allow operators to measure in-service fleet performance by exploring operational data at part-number level. The result is improved insights of fleet down to the part-number levels.

Predictive services with SmartForce deliver solutions that benefit from a larger data pool of multiple operators, providing trend analysis of systems and leading to appropriate recommendations.  These services minimise short-notice responses to unplanned events through resource allocation and high-priority material ordering.

Fleet planning and maintenance planning services of SmartForce optimise the planning and execution of platform-related activities and – at a glance – offer a fleet-level overview of platforms’ individual capabilities. They provide situational awareness of the fleet to determine which platforms are most suitable for the mission, while reducing downtime through the ability to schedule and combine activities that make efficient use of resources.

For the planning of material demands, SmartForce provides in-depth analysis that minimise maintenance and improve parts forecasting.



Unveiled at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, SmartForce harnesses the power of data-driven intelligence to improve the operational readiness of Airbus-built aircraft and helicopters flown by military customers. These digital support services build on Airbus’ Skywise aviation data platform for operators of its commercial jetliners, as well as the H-Care Connected Services for helicopter users. Read less Read more

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