The US Navy has awarded a new contract to US-based company Battelle and subcontractor Veracity Forecasting and Analysis, in order to help the navy synchronise its aircraft capabilities.

Veracity had played a key role in the initial development of naval synchronisation toolset (NST), which is a forecast analytic system that uses data analytics to help manage complex logistics and operational planning.

Both companies will work together to update and improve NST under the $38.6m contract, as well as make it available for the migration of other navy weapon platforms.

Battelle Mission and Defence Technologies programme manager Russell Hrdy said: “We’re glad to be combining our proven track record in analytics and air force total cost analysis with the forecasting system developed by Veracity, a leading edge small business.

"We are excited to be working with a new customer, and to be in position to explore areas where the navy needs help in sustainment of aircraft."

The use of NST has helped the US Navy to synchronise its fleet of F / A-18 Hornet aircraft capability sets with the reality of availability.

The navy is now also able to perform complex operational and maintenance planning for its Hornet fleet based on predictive analytics and ‘what if’ decision support.

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Hrdy added: “We’re eager to begin work to help the navy manage the F / A 18 and other weapon systems in the most efficient, and cost-effective way possible.

“We also are excited to be working with a new customer and to be in position to explore other areas where the navy needs help in sustainment of aircraft structural, mechanical and avionics.”

The NST has helped the navy saved tens of millions of dollars to date, through optimal logistical planning.