Improving F-35 Mission Capability with the C3 AI Application Platform

Challenge

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office (JPO) has standardized on the C3 AI® Application Platform to develop and deploy predictive analytics applications to improve the mission capability and aircraft readiness of the F-35 Lightning II, meaning the aircraft is capable of performing at least one of a set of designated core missions.

Approach

The F-35 JPO selected the C3 AI Application Platform as its platform for AI application development and established a Center of Excellence with C3 AI comprised of a joint executive steering committee and a working team of developers and data scientists.

Next, C3 AI trained F-35 JPO developers on the C3 AI Application Platform using its standardized training curriculum. This curriculum has been delivered to over 1,000 developers and data scientists, and it enables engineers to achieve productivity on the C3 AI Application Platform in 4–5 working days.

Once trained, the working team prioritized use cases and began development to address requirements for two applications with the potential to deliver substantial benefits to the JPO.

About the F-35 Lightning II

  • 535 aircraft operating today across 24 bases
  • Over 290,000 flight hours and 170,000 sorties amassed
  • 59 air bases in the U.S. and more than 100 airfields overseas
  • 1,040 pilots and air battle managers trained

Project Highlights

  • Trained JPO developers and established joint executive steering committee to ensure strategic targets are met
  • Provided tools for gaining insights at scale from unstructured data, e.g., Natural Language Processing pipelines to parse Failure, Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action (FRACAS) data
  • Developed user interfaces that allow operators to take action from within applications
  • Delivered maintenance and logistics insights at the levels of aircraft system, subsystem, and component

Results

2
Use cases addressed in the first 3 months
200
F-35 aircraft addressed by CoE applications
10
Trained JPO developers working on the C3 AI Application Platform
IL5
Interim Authorization to Test (IATT) approval to deploy in DoD environment

Solution Architecture

C3 AI Application Platform

Proven results in weeks, not years

timeline
Get insights into C3 AI’s capabilities, enterprise AI best practices, and highest-value use cases.
Gain insights into the C3 AI Application Platform's capabilities, its model-driven architecture, and test it against your company's sample data set.
Identify a high-impact business problem and collaborate with the C3 AI team to rapidly build an AI application that solves it.
Scale and deploy a tested C3 AI application into production. Incorporate user feedback and optimize algorithms to drive maximum economic value.

Want more information?

Contact us