After exhaustive testing, 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) has now been approved for use on the Defence Protected Network (DPN). Logistic Engineering Services (LES), the developer of the software, has entered into a long term contract with Defence for the supply of eMRD software licences and its on-going support.
Since 2011, eMRD has been used by a number of SPO and Agencies as a stand-alone application. They have largely made this decision based upon perceived savings and efficiency gains over the then available corporate software. Many of these gains have been realised with feedback indicating efficiency gains of up to 75% over other processes and reduction in man hours to complete work. 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.
With the approval of the software on the DPN 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.
eMRD was developed by LES to simplify the ADF Maintenance Requirements Determination (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.
eMRD provides the ability to create or manage an existing Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) and Weapon System Database (WSDB). The work processes of eMRD meet the requirements of the MRD Manual (AAP 7001.038) and is fully compliant with the data exchange requirements of MIL-STD-1388-2B and DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. eMRD has functionality to produce all Australian Defence and DEF(AUST)5692 mandated Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (TMP and PSS), including standard ADF reports and additional eMRD specific reports that are essential for data validation and the management of the LSAR.
The Graphical User Interface (GUI) for eMRD is intuitive and efficient, allowing users to be more productive and to focus on the task at hand. A key feature of eMRD is its ability to view an LCN/ALC by its Physical and Functional structure while simultaneously viewing its associated LSA configuration and data elements.
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 including, Some of the major programs include:
- 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
- MH60-R (Romeo) Helicopter
- C27-J Spartan
- C130J Hercules
- PA-8 Poseidon
- ARH Tiger
- MRH Taipan
- PC-9 Trainer
- AIR5431 Phase 2 FDATCSS
When eMRD is used in conjunction with eLSA, the eMRD/eLSA suite is compliant with DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. The suite can be used for both the Acquisition and Through-Life Support phases of ADF materiel management. The eMRD/eLSA suite also provides LSA reports and ADAASS Project Dataset functionality.
For further information on eMRD, eLSA and other LES software products, please contact LES on (03)8698 6400 or