AVCOM

BAE Systems has secured a contract to provide obsolescence management support for a number of complex US Air Force (USAF) systems and platforms.

The $3m contract has a maximum potential value of $37m. Under the agreement, the company will provide obsolescence management support for aircraft, vehicles, machines, and electronics, using its advanced component obsolescence management (AVCOM) tool.

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

"AVCOM delivers significant savings for the total cost of a system or platform"

Apart from forecasting when a part will become obsolete or too expensive, the system also finds a suitable replacement from across the marketplace.

BAE Systems Intelligence & Security sector president DeEtte Gray said: "In addition to supporting mission readiness, AVCOM delivers significant savings for the total cost of a system or platform by efficiently resolving difficult part obsolescence issues and providing advanced planning capabilities for managing the full life-cycle needs of a product."

The system serves as a primary tool for diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS) monitoring across USAF, and also delivers significant savings for the total cost of a system or platform.

The solution has been used to support a number of USAF programmes with obsolescence management since 1991, and has been recognised as the air force’s ‘DMSMS Tool of Choice’ annually since 2001.

BAE has held the obsolescence management contract with the air force’s Strategic Alternative Sourcing Program Office for the past five years.

Work under the latest contract will be primarily conducted at the company’s facilities in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Utah, over the next three years, and will support USAF operations worldwide.


Image: AVCOM offers real-time component status and real-time procurement options, alongside early warnings of obsolescence to users. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.