Defence signs contract with Victorian software provider

The Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan, one of the programs using eMRD, on the flight line at RAAF base Richmond. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Following exhaustive testing, a Victorian defence consultant and service provider has had its software application approved for use on the Defence Protected Network (DPN).

Logistic Engineering Services (LES), based in Port Melbourne, has announced it has entered into a long-term contract with Defence for the supply of its Electronic Maintenance Requirements Determination (eMRD) – a software application that provides the ability to create or manage an existing logistic support analysis record (LSAR) and weapon system database (WSDB) – licences and its on-going support.

The contract facilitates the aggregation of the stand-alone licences onto the DPN and will be deployed in early September 2017. The contract also allows for additional licences to be added for future projects, Defence System Program Offices (SPO) and agencies.

Since 2011, LES said eMRD has been used by a number of SPOs and agencies as a stand-alone application. 

With the approval of the software on the DPN, LES said this closes the gap between Defence and defence industry in the overall utilisation of the software.

"Now defence industry can be assured that when using eMRD, as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and others currently do, Defence has the capability to use the same software thereby removing compatibility issues when delivering LSAR as part of contractual requirements. A win-win for all," LES said.

eMRD was developed by LES to simplify the ADF MRD process. eMRD was built by analysts for analysts by ex-Defence technicians and MRD analysts who understand the day-to-day requirements of performing the MRD process.

The initial application was used by LES to undertake the maintenance review of the DHC-4 Caribou aircraft against an aggressive schedule. Since then, eMRD has been used by LES and its customers to develop, maintain or conduct detailed analysis, with some of the major programs including:

  • Land 121 Phase 4 Hawkei
  • Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD)
  • Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS)
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet
  • F/A-18A Classic Hornet
  • (Romeo) Helicopter
  • C-27J Spartan
  • C-130J Hercules
  • P-8A Poseidon
  • ARH Tiger
  • MRH Taipan
  • PC-9 Trainer
  • AIR5431 Phase 2 FDATCSS


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