AF Sustainment Center Enhances AVCOM Maintenance Obsolesce Prediction Tool

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November 9, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: November 9 on

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 27 Oct. 2016. Data analysts at BAE Systems are enhancing a predictive maintenance computer program to enable U.S. Air Force experts to anticipate when obsolescence will affect aircraft components, and then plan for alternative sourcing or system redesign.

Officials of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., announced an $8.1 million contract option Wednesday to BAE Systems Technology Solution & Services segment in Rockville, Md., for support to the Air Force Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) program.

The Air Force DMSMS program provides program management of an obsolescence-prediction system called the Advanced Component Obsolescence Management (AVCOM) tool, as well as provide analysis and resolution for end-of-life programs. The DMSMS program seeks to mitigate the effect of obsolescence on Air Force weapon systems from acquisition through disposal.

The program”s goal is to help the Air Force manage component obsolescence in Air Force weapon systems and groups such as the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing; F-16 jet fighter, B-2, B-1 and B-52 jet bombers; E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS); KC-135 airborne refueling aircraft; and the C-5 Galaxy cargo jet.