Spanish defence company Indra has created a virtual assistant for defence systems maintenance, which uses augmented reality glasses to display repair information through holograms.

It enables military engineers to see all of the documentation that they need to fix or maintain a specific defence system in a heads-up display. The virtual assistant can help to identify an issue by showing it on a circuit diagram, and can give data on things like settings, fault history, or the details of the last repair.

The virtual assistant is fitted with a suite of internal and external sensors to collect information on temperature, humidity and other information to understand the health of defence system.

Through the augmented reality glasses, users can receive remote assistance from experts located anywhere in the world, who can see what the engineer sees through a video feed.

Not only does the virtual assistant improve the speed of repair work to defence systems, but it also saves unnecessary travel costs and reduces maintenance costs, which add up over a platform’s lifecycle.

The fact that its visual output can be viewed remotely allows the virtual assistant to assist armed forces in very remote areas, which could be vital for time-sensitive operations.  To facilitate this, communications is secured through military satellites.

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Indra has secured several contracts in the military satellites and radar sectors, having supplied the AIRDEF air defence system to the Oman Air Force and the LTR25 deployable military radar system to the Royal Air Force in the UK.

The new virtual assistant solution is part of Indra’s commitment to advancing technology within the defence industry. Under ‘Sustainability 4.0’, the company is incorporating digitally disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and hyperconnectivity, into its platforms.

The use of advanced technologies increases system availability and operation security, which in turn, gives warfighters a greater chance of mission success.