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Sep 072016

Australian ILS Industry Support

Australia has a number of well qualified companies able to provide assistance to Manufacturers and Suppliers who have contracted to supply equipment to the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO)- Army, Navy, Air Force.
The support data and documentation required with the supplies is often under-estimated, and many Manufacturers and Suppliers of commercial equipment lack the experienced personnel to create the data or documentation in the appropriate format, which is where local contractors or consultants have their place.

Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with :

Defence contract Integrated Logistics Support Deliverables:

Logistic Engineering Services



  • Engineering Analysis for Maintenance Requirements
  • Maintenance Engineering Analysis (MEA) / Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) for new and existing capital equipment;
  • Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA);
  • Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA);
  • Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM);
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA); and
  • Investigation and validation of Engineering Change Proposals.
  • Supply Support
  • Sparing Analysis inclusive of Recommended Provisioning Lists (RPL) / Manufacturers Recommended Parts Lists (MRSL);
  • Codification Data (CDATA) Packs;
  • Complete Equipment Schedule Lists (CESL);
  • Training Equipment Management List (TEML);
  • Australian Defence Aviation Authorised Spares Sets (ADAASS);  and
  • Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation (PHS&T).
  • Technical Authoring
  • Development of management plans;
  • Repair and Maintenance manuals and illustrated parts manuals;
  • Development of Australian Defence specific documentation and manuals such as:
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Instructions (EMEIs);
  • User Handbooks (UHBs);
  • Australian Book of Reference (ABR), and Australian Air Publications (AAP);
  • Parts, system and repair manuals; and
  • Repair Parts Identification Lists (RPILs) and associated Repair Parts Scales (RPSs);
  • Company Operating Procedures and Standing Instructions; and
  • Investigation of maintenance and repair requirements and to document the maintenance requirements of an item or equipment throughout its service life.
  • Training Development and Delivery
  • Conduct of Training Needs Analysis;
  • Development of Training Recommendation Reports;
  • Development of Training Management Plans;
  • Development of Training Materials; and
  • Delivery of Training courses.
  • Tendering and Bid Support
  • Review and enhance tender submissions.
  • Develop and author management, quality and the range of ILS plans /sub-program plans as part of major tender submissions for prime Defence contractors and Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) and commercial industry tendering to government projects; and
  • Review and provide advice on tender structure and content for Defence and commercial industry;
  • Project Support Services
  • Develop or Review ILS plans and reports;
  • Maintenance Program Optimisation;
  • Configuration Management;
  • Database Administration; and
  • Independent Audits.

LES capabilities and Experience

Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with:

Defence contract Integrated Logistics Support Training

Logistic Engineering Services – ILS Training


Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with:

Defence contract Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) software :

Logistic Engineering Services eMRD


Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with

Defence contract LSAR comparison software :

Logistic Engineering Services eMRDCompanion


Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with

Defence contract Logistic Support Analysis Records (LSAR) software:

Logistic Engineering Services eLSA


Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with

Defence contract Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) software:

Logistic Engineering Services eLORA

ILS Software Users and Projects

Australian ILS Industry Support companies available to assist suppliers with

Defence contract Australian Local Content:

Logistic Engineering Services

Defence contract Project Management Support


Sep 012016

Integrated Logistics Support Services

The ten ILS elements

The ten ILS elements


The ten areas of ILS:

Why is ILS Important to Defence ?
For Defence, it’s ensuring that:

  •  we provide the optimum Mission System to the user
  •  it’s provided to:
    •  the right person
    •  at the right place
    •  at the right time
  •  deliver it in best possible condition with the ability to fulfil its designed mission role under the stated operational conditions as per it’s mission profile.

Why is ILS Important to the Contractor / Service Provider ?
Knowing and understanding the ILS requirements permits the contractor to deliver what Defence needs to:

  •  accurately acquire and sustain the Materiel System through life at the greatest Operational Availability (Ao) for the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to Defence and the Tax payer.

To do this in a cost effective manner, the contractor must be able to deliver equipment and supporting documentation:

  •  without duplication of effort or continuous rework
  •  delivering best ILS practice and product to Defence thereby enabling them to be viewed by Defence as a preferred tenderer for future work (Scorecard), and
  •  be internationally competitive in the Defence arena

The most attractive part for the contractors:

  •  Sustainment activities or Through Life Support (TLS) contracts for Defence materiel are often more lucrative than the supply of the original equipment
  •  TLS of the Mission System and many of the Support Systems are now being managed and maintained by the OEM.
  •  Generally, 20% to 30% of funds are spent in Acquisition and 70% to 80% spent in Sustainment.

How do you do ILS ?
You don’t “DO” ILS; you perform Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) tasks that allows you to achieve the ILS outcomes.
Those LSA Disciplines include:

  •  Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM)
  •  Failure Modes, Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA) (done during design)
  •  Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA) (done after design to determine maintenance tasks)
  •  Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
  •  Level Of Repair Analysis (LORA)
  •  Verification and Validation (V&V)
  •  Life Cycle Costing Analysis (LCCA)

So what is Logistics Support Analysis (LSA)?

LSA is a selected group of analytical techniques.
It is conducted continually throughout the Materiel Life Cycle (MLC).
It provides the data to support improvements to the efficiency of the Materiel System.
All data from the analysis is stored in the Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR).

Sep 012016

Engineering Support
Engineering Support includes all considerations necessary to ensure design integrity throughout the life cycle of the materiel system.
In Service Engineering Support includes;

  •  Design integrity and management
  •  Base lining (Configuration Management CM Tasks)
  •  Engineering Change control (ECP/ECO), Modifications
  •  Continuous Improvement
  •  Upgrade / Mid life review
  •  Parts reviews and Tech Substitutions

Australian Engineering Support


Sep 012016

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering is a design approach to achieve an integrated system that is designed from the start to accommodate the logistic support requirements.

Videos related to Systems Engineering

Logistics Engineering YouTube play

A System is a collection of elements or equipment that when combined produce an outcome not obtainable by the elements alone.
A Systems Integrator or Systems Engineer is tasked with integrating the elements, which may themselves be completely self-contained items or sub systems, so that they can be connected together or communicate with each other and work as a single functioning entity.
The elements (or sub systems) can include hardware, software, facilities, personnel, procedures, and documentation; ie. all things required to produce system-level outcome.
The outcomes typically include system-level functions and performance but may also extend to system qualities, system properties, system characteristics and system behaviours.
The total value of the system, beyond the sum of the independent parts, is usually created by the interconnections between the parts; eg automating the data transfer from a data reader, directly into the collating software that is able to make use of the data and provide a real time (graphical) display of the data just read, such as a bar scanner on a supermarket checkout.
System Engineering is a way of looking at the “big picture” when making design or operating decisions.
It is a way of achieving the operational functional and performance requirements in the intended environment over the planned life of the system.
Another way to put it would be; Systems Engineering is a way of thinking logically.
Often the system will have opposing constraints, which generally means something is compromised. Systems engineering attempts to look at the system holistically to determine the priorities of the functions and operabilities and thus minimise critical compromises while at the same time maximising functionality or performance.
The art of optimising the overall design without favouring one system/subsystem at the expense of another is an iterative process and may have inputs from many disciplines: electrical and electronics engineers, mechanical engineers, human factors engineers etc.
The ultimate result sought is a safe and balanced design that optimises the opposing interests and multiple, sometimes conflicting constraints.

Sep 012016

Maintenance Engineering Analysis (MEA).

FMEA, RCM, and MTA are also referred to as Maintenance Engineering Analysis (MEA).

  • FMEA  Failure Modes Effects Analysis – How can the equipment fail and what is the effect of failure.
  • RCM    Reliability Centred Maintenance – Maintenance focused on preventive replacements in order to maximise the operational period.
  • MTA    Maintenance Task Analysis – What specific tasks need to be performed to maintain the equipment
Sep 012016

Maintenance Support
Maintenance support includes all the considerations necessary to ensure:

  • an optimally maintainable materiel system;
  • with a defined maintenance support structure.

In Service Maintenance Support includes:

  • Processes / Procedures
  • Maintenance data collection / management
  • Training for the Personnel
  • Manuals
  • Tools and support equipment (calibration)
  •  Personnel to do the maintenance
Sep 012016

Maintenance Requirements Determination or MRD is a fundamental part of Integrated Logistic Support.

MRD is the umbrella term for: Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA) and Level of Repair Analysis (LORA).
FMEA, RCM, and MTA are also referred to as Maintenance Engineering Analysis (MEA).


Maintenance Requirements Determination Software: eMRD

Sep 012016

Corrective Maintenance is the repair of a piece of equipment to return it to a serviceable condition.
It is usually:

  • unplanned and
  • performed upon the failure of the equipment.

Corrective maintenance does not include:

  • planned maintenance such as oil or filter changes,
  • hour/ time based maintenance or overhauls.


Sep 012016

Preventive Maintenance is the servicing of a piece of equipment to maintain it in an operable condition that allows it to meet the specifications of its operational requirements.

It is usually:

  • planned and
  • performed before the failure of the equipment,
  • performed as insurance against equipment failure.

Preventive maintenance includes:

  • planned maintenance such as oil or filter changes,
  • hour/ time (calendar days / months/ years) based maintenance or overhauls.
    • eg monthly, 3 monthly, 6 monthly, 12 monthly, 250 hrs, 500 hrs, 2000 hrs, 6000 hrs

It is important to understand that the intention of preventive maintenance is to prolong the operating life of the equipment by replacing components before they fail, however preventive maintenance cannot stop failure  completely.


Preventive Maintenance Video

Design For Maintainability - NASA YouTube play
Sep 012016

Supply Support

Supply support includes all the considerations necessary to ensure an optimally supportable materiel system with a defined supply support structure.

In Service Supply support includes:

  •  Supply system structure
  •  Spares pipe line management
  •  Consumables management
  •  Rotables management
  •  Supply venue/s
  •  Supply stocking rate and turn over
  •  Long lead time item management

Repair Parts and Consumables example.
The support concept involves the Contractor providing facilities for the supply of spare parts to maintain the vehicle for a period of fifteen years in
accordance the conditions of contract, as well as the acquisition of three years worth of initial spare parts including maintenance supply items and consumables.
These parts will be issued to the Regional unit to support the Capability during exercises and operations.
Maintenance Supply Item (MSI). MSI class items will be included in the spare parts acquisition.
Spare parts items fall into the following categories, subject to the recommendations made by the Contractor:

  • major assemblies (rotables or repairable items);
  • consumables; and
  • servicing items.


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