The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Selex a contract worth €12m to provide a new type of availability service contract for its Air Commodity team.

Under the deal, the MoD will no longer place orders for spare parts upon requirement, instead Selex will automatically ensure that spare parts are replaced whenever required. The contract will cover 57 bases in the UK and is the first by the MoD’s Air Commodity team.

Selex support and service solutions senior vice-president Stewart Miller said it is a new smart approach to spares supply.

Miller said, "Instead of waiting until parts are required and then providing them, we’re using advanced computer modelling to work out what parts the MoD will need, and when they’ll need them.

"It means we can pre-empt their requirements and deliver spares so that they’re available as soon as they become necessary."

Selex will work with its procurement partner Astute Electronics to model the requirements and automate the ‘buy schedule’ for delivery.

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"Selex will also provide a proactive obsolescence management service for the Air Commodity team."

As per the deal, Selex will also provide a proactive obsolescence management service for the Air Commodity team.

Formed in 2013, Selex is a part of Finmeccanica company and provides electronic and information solutions for defence, aerospace, space, security, high-integrity surveillance, network management, information security and mission-essential services.

Some of its products for theb aviation industry include airborne intercept radars, active electronic scanned array (AESA) radars, electro-optical sensors, and unmanned intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) systems, amongst others.

Image: Selex will automate ordering and delivery of spare parts for UK defence ministry. Photo: courtesy of Selex.

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