ARQUUS | Advanced HUMS solution for equipment maintenance tested on VAB – VIDEO
Defence Redefined
Published on 11/09/2021 at 18:57

In December 2018, the French Army entrusted Arquus with an experiment on predictive maintenance tools to be conducted on land equipment: the Evaluation Tactique Vérité (Tactical Evaluation Vérité, Vérité standing for VEhicules Roulants Instrumentés et Tactiquement Employés, instrumented and tactically employed rolling vehicles). 

The experiment was set with the support of the SIMMT (Structure Intégrée du Maintien en Condition Opérationnelle des Matériels Terrestres, in charge of the maintenance of all French Land equipment).

On May 15, 2020, ARQUUS presented a report on the use of HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring Systems) in an Army fleet to a group of Defence authorities. This report concludes a six-month tactical evaluation carried out on a fleet of 20 VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) armoured vehicles at the Camp de Mourmelon, near Châlons-en-Champagne. 

The first conclusions of this experiment underline the interest in data collection solutions and pave the way for predictive maintenance solutions for land equipment. The EVTA Vérité thus creates new perspectives for the transformation of Land Maintenance in Operational Condition (MOC).

The goal of EVTA Vérité was to analyze the relevance of predictive maintenance-related technologies and their suitability for the management and use of military fleets. It also aimed at measuring the impact of these technologies on maintenance organizations as well as defining the next development steps.

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As part of this tactical evaluation, 20 VAB from the 8e Régiment du Matériel (8e RMAT) were equipped with various HUMS sensors and delivered on June 5, 2019 at the CENTIAL (Centre d’Entraînement Interarmes et du soutien Logistique, Combined Training and Logistics Support Center) in Mourmelon. 

VAB VCAC 6X6 armed with 4 HOT-2 anti-tank missiles of the National Guard

During the collection phase at CENTIAL, between June and December 2019, the VABs were given a wide variety of missions, conducted under very different conditions and on very different terrains. This experiment, carried out in partnership with LGM, was conducted on several thousand kilometers in numerous configurations, thus enabling the building and study of a complete database on the spectrum of monitored functions.

SIMMT’s positive feedback on the use of this first data collection highlights the interest in the degradation models created thanks to this study. The analysis of data collected by the sensors enables the construction of complete models to forecast maintenance needs, adapted to the environment and mission profile. Thanks to predictive maintenance, technical failures may be anticipated several days in advance, refining the planning and work of maintenance and logistics personnel of the armed forces.

The generalization of HUMS-based procedures within the land forces should, therefore, increase the equipment’s uptime. These new approaches should also offer the field commander all necessary tools to properly assess the equipment’s potential and maintenance needs.

The use of HUMS is one of the innovative solutions currently being developed by

ARQUUS to improve the maintenance of Army equipment in operational condition. These solutions include the use of 3D printing as well as virtual and augmented reality.

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