16 Jul 2018

Mikros Systems wins US Navy maintenance systems contract

Mikros Systems has received a follow-on $2.5 million contract from the US Navy to continue to develop its Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) systems for the Navy’s MK 99 Fire Control System (FCS).

The Company is developing a new variant of its ADSSS system, an advanced network-based remote monitoring and maintenance system which collects performance data in real-time and uses it to detect and predict failures.

The ADSSS system, which recently received official Navy nomenclature as the AN/SYM-3, is currently used on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to monitor two other radars and combat system elements.

The new variant of the SYM-3, which will monitor the Director in the MK 99 system, has been in development since 2017.  The new contract award covers continued development, at-sea testing, and validation of the system.

Under the deal, Mikros’ CBM technology will be used for the first time in the Navy’s Aegis surface combatant fleet of destroyers and cruisers.

The program will apply both model-based Prognostics Framework technology to detect and predict failures on each ship, and “big data” predictive analytics on-shore using a machine learning approach to analyse data from all ships and detect large-scale trends, patterns and anomalies.

Mikros Program Manager, Jason Hodge, said: “The Aegis community has been using our AN/PSM-132 system for preventative maintenance on the SPY-1 radar for several years.

“This contract will allow us to complete development and testing of the new systems with the ultimate goal of large scale production to serve the Aegis class ships.”

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