Northrop Grumman on Monday introduced ReadyBlue—its mobile application that provides real-time insight into aircraft readiness, fleet readiness and mission capability rates for flight line personnel, military leaders and depot operations staff.
"Our objective in developing ReadyBlue is to optimize fleet readiness and life cycle affordability by providing real-time fleet insight," said Kelly Whalen, sector vice president, strategy, business development and innovation, Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "Using real-time collaboration, the vehicle's maintenance history, access to the full volume of technical data, and tying in the supply chain, maintainers have everything at a fingertip to resolve issues faster."
The app is currently available for the iPhone and iPad, and Northrop Grumman said the app could be adapted as needed to become compatible with Android and Windows smartphones and tablets.
The Integrated Data Environment (IDE) toolset of ReadyBlue has the ability to securely integrate with enterprise databases and provide paperless fleet management.
"It's transformative for a maintainer working on the flight line to touch on ReadyBlue's video conferencing function using Apple's Facetime and dialogue with a field service representative on another continent to solve a mechanical or supply chain problem immediately, or to chat with a crew chief who's just come off a mission and has an issue that needs to be solved right now," said Ron Blickley, director, fleet modernization, Northrop Grumman Technical Services.