UDRI awarded $99M Air Force contract

The University of Dayton Research Institute has been awarded a $99 million contract to help the U.S. Air Force integrate new or better technologies to more affordably, safely and efficiently sustain its entire fleet, school officials announced Tuesday.

The five-year contract is the largest award received by UDRI, officials said.

Under the new Enterprise Product Support Engineering effort, sponsored by the Air Force Materiel Command Life Cycle Management Center, UDRI researchers will find, evaluate, demonstrate, transition and train personnel to use existing technologies that can reduce the cost and fleet downtime associated with maintaining aircraft and ground-support systems across the Air Force.

The contract “will support LCMC’s big rock initiatives that are bending the cost curve and supporting the Air Force’s future operating concept,” said Sukh Sidhu, head of UDRI’s Energy Technologies and Materials division, in a statement.

EPSE includes an initial work order for $5.4 million for the development of technologies that will monitor key aircraft components and automatically alert maintenance personnel when aircraft maintenance is needed.