With its engine fleet management services MTU supports its customers in their strategic and operational planning and in the maintenance of their engines, thus ensuring continuous improvements throughout the engines’ lifecycle. MTU's experts help ensure optimum availability and efficiency and low cost of operation.
This is achieved, for example, by:
- Life cycle management
- Engine health monitoring
- Failure data analysis
MTU also offers consultancy services relating to engine fleet management and uses its know-how to support customers in the development of planning processes and IT systems.
MTU, along with its partners Eurojet and EPI, is increasingly adapting innovative concepts from commercial aviation for use in military fleet management. A good example is the “Availability Concept”, a type of comprehensive package whereby customers are guaranteed a defined rate of availability (x percent of all engines) for a set price. MTU takes care of all spare parts required, of maintenance planning and, when required, of engine replacement. All the customers have to do is attach the engine to the wing, and off they can fly.
Success story: Engine health monitoring
Using an engine health monitoring system helps prevent problems from occurring in the first place. MTU’s experts evaluate the data and can follow up on unusual operating conditions long before an issue arises. As the next logical step, MTU plans to develop smarter analysis models based on a higher sensor density, which will perfect the process. This will enable operators to schedule maintenance before an incident results in unplanned downtime, thus increasing the availability of their weapon system. In addition, the use of augmented reality (AR) technology in the future will accelerate maintenance and repair processes.