Integrated Logistics Support Services
The ten areas of ILS:
- Engineering Support
- Maintenance Support
- Supply Support
- Training support
- Technical Data
- Packaging Handling Storage and Transport PHS&T
- Support & Test equipment
- Computer Support
Why is ILS Importantto 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 Importantto 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).