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BAE Systems to help USAF in obsolete parts management

21 January 2013

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BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to help the US Air Force (USAF) in the effective management of obsolete aircraft, weapons and electronics parts.

Under the terms of the $25m contract, the company will supply its operationally proven advanced component obsolescence management (AVCOM) solution, to help the air force resolve obsolescence issues in its inventory.

The contract features a one-year performance period and a one-year option, and has been awarded based on the company's experience in the field of obsolescence management.

BAE Systems Aerospace Solutions vice president and general manager Gordon Eldridge said the air force is increasingly focusing on maintenance and extension of the operational lives of aircraft and systems.

"AVCOM is a web-enabled suite of tools and services, designed to provide real-time component status and procurement options."

"They can never assume that the parts that were used years ago are still available, or will be available in the future," Eldridge added.

"We offer an accurate, reliable and affordable solution to track and plan for obsolete parts."

Equipped with a database accessing more than 100 million parts, the AVCOM is a web-enabled suite of tools and services, designed to provide real-time component status and procurement options, as well as early warnings of obsolescence to the government and commercial customers.

Designed to address inexpensive, small-scale to large-scale projects, as well as complex requirements, the system serves as a primary tool for diminishing manufacturing sources (DMS) management across USAF, and also delivers significant savings for the total cost of a system or platform.

The solution has provided extensive obsolescence management functionality for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and other defence contractors since 2001.

Work will be primarily conducted at the company's facility at Fort Walton Beach in Florida, US, with additional work to be carried out at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, US.


Image: BAE's obsolescence management services will help the USAF maintain and extend aircraft and weapon's operational lives. Photo courtesy of BAE Systems.