LONDON Racal Instruments Group (RIG) has become the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Prime Contractor for the development of a battlefield deployable, mobile Digital Diagnosis and Repair (DDR) facility.
Beginning in 2008, DDR will replace the existing General Purpose Digital Test and Diagnostic Facility (GPDTDF), also known as DIANA, and the General Purpose Thermal Imager Repair Facility (GPTIRF). Full operational capability for the new fleet is expected by 2010.
To deliver DDR, Racal Instruments Group (Wimborne, U.K.) have set up a collaboration agreement with Thales Optronics (Glasgow, U.K.). Thales are a major sub contractor supplying Optronics Test Equipment, the Vehicle Container and specialist Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) services.
DDR will continue the existing GPATE support for the current range of battlefield electronic and optronic systems without the need for changes in their test interfaces or test programme software. At the same time, the new facility will be able to address equipment coming into service in the 2007 to after 2020.
The DDR project is designed provide improved efficiency of test operations (including faster response time),a reduced logistic footprint, and a software environment that incorporates online databases, interactive technical manuals and embedded training facilities.