UK-based defence technology company, tlmNexus, has announced it will be supporting the RAF’s P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft fleet under the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Airworthiness Issue Management System (AIMS) contract.
The company – which provides through-life acquisition and support management solutions for the defence sector – specialises in delivering innovative defence-focused software services.
It will manage the RAF’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 under its Resolve software, which will help the MOD delivery team to track and manage the fleet’s airworthiness-related issues in a way that is compliant with the UK Military Aviation Authority’s (MAA’s) engineering regulations.
According to a tlmNexus press release, the Resolve software provides a single source of reference, giving a transparent, auditable view of all actions and tasks relating to key issues. It states that the “advantages of the system are numerous, including: the management and mitigation of key risks, the provision of easily accessible management information and [the] presentation of a complete audit trail”.
Resolve software – along with other services and products provided by the company – is designed to evolve with an ever-changing safety and airworthiness environment.
The UK has a total of nine P-8As on order, with two already delivered. They will be operated by No 120 Squadron and No 201 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. The nation’s first Poseidon – ZP801 (c/n 64175/7532), named Pride of Moray, landed on UK soil on February 4 and has since been operating under No 120 Squadron.
The Poseidon is designed to perform extended surveillance missions at low and high altitudes. It will be able to provide high-resolution area mapping to find surface vessels and submarines using integrated sensors. The UK's P-8 fleet will also be a core defence in the UK's continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and will be used to work with allies across NATO such as the US and Norway.