The U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) will partner with Google Cloud to create an open, flexible, and globally scalable ecosystem for aircraft repair. By using Google Cloud technologies, the RSO expects to be able to improve maintenance readiness, boost staff productivity, and lower overall costs.

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The RSO was established by the Secretary of the Air Force in 2018 to improve mission readiness by swiftly identifying, implementing, and scaling technologies critical to the US Air Force’s operation and sustainment.

The cloud services project, code-named ‘Project Lighthouse’, is a program that would combine proven RSO technological solutions to form a single ecosystem that aids the RSO in achieving its objectives and preparing for the future.

“Our partnership with Google Cloud is a significant milestone for RSO on our journey to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies, when everything is connected, and deliver on our mandate to solve the Air Force’s toughest sustainment challenges,” said Mr. Nathan Parker, deputy, Program Executive Office at RSO. “What we’re building with Google Cloud will accelerate the way we adopt, integrate, and scale technologies for the Air Force. Project Lighthouse is a hardware-flexible, software-driven approach that provides optionality at scale.”

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Photo Mr. Nathan Parker, deputy, Program Executive Office at RSO
“What we’re building with Google Cloud will accelerate the way we adopt, integrate, and scale technologies for the Air Force,” Mr. Nathan Parker, deputy, Program Executive Office at RSO.

The U.S. Air Force’s whole community of technology suppliers, which may range from predictive maintenance software to manufacturing robotics to augmented reality headsets and other gear, will be “seamlessly” integrated into this new aircraft maintenance ecosystem.

This project is backed by Google Cloud’s professional services group and is powered by Apigee, Google Cloud’s API management platform, and Anthos, Google Cloud’s managed application platform. The aircraft maintenance ecosystem will be prototyped, verified, and tested for scalability in the Air Force’s technological environment before it is launched.

“We know that sustainment is one of the biggest and most complex challenges in the military, and we are proud to support the RSO in its mission to modernize the U.S. Air Force,” said Mike Daniels, vice president, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “Thanks to Project Lighthouse, more personnel are going to have what they need to do their jobs faster, and we’re committed to playing a key role in this effort.”

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