DISA developed application chosen to consolidate several Air Force aircraft maintenance systems
In an effort to reduce the number of redundant programs, the U.S. Air Force is collapsing similar information technology systems and selected Core Automated Maintenance System for Mobility to be the service’s single Maintenance Information System.
The key system, which is developed and maintained within the DISA Computing Ecosystem, will be utilized for all base level, aircraft sortie production activities.
“DISA Computing Ecosystem provides software design, application development, testing and implementation of all software associated with CAMS-FM using a lightweight, agile project management framework called Scrum. This framework has been used to develop capabilities that are key to Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command functions worldwide,” said Paul Crumbliss, deputy chief, DISA’s Computing Ecosystem.
CAMS-FM currently facilitates aircraft launch and recovery, and documents the status and availability of approximately 1,200 cargo and in-flight refueling aircraft for the Air Force.
The IT systems CAMS-FM will replace are:
- IMDS: Integrated Maintenance Data System - combat Air Force MIS for bombers, fighters, and nuclear missiles.
- RAMPODS: Reliability, Availability, Maintainability for Pods. PODS are devices that are externally mounted on a fixed wing or rotary winged aircraft, providing the aircraft enhanced warfighting capabilities. This system tracks their effectiveness.
- EMOC: Enhanced Maintenance Operations Center – an aircraft ramp situational tool.
Within five years, the Air Force plans to migrate approximately 5,000 additional fighter and bomber aircraft into CAMS-FM, said Crumbliss.
This migration process is expected to save $140 million over 17 years by reducing, and eventually eliminating, the program management offices for the other systems. Additionally, it will allow the Air Force to standardize training requirements for field-level maintenance activities.
Posted October 21, 2019