Airbus develops innovative Live Health Monitoring System for drones and fighter jets

By Defence Industry Europe

Airbus Defence and Space has made a significant leap in aviation technology with the development of a new system that monitors the condition of drones and fighter jets, determining their readiness for mission fulfillment. The Live Health Monitoring System (LHMS) was recently put to the test in a self-financed flight test campaign, showcasing its potential to bolster the development of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).


During the tests, the system evaluated the functionality of the drones, assessing the risk of malfunction through a Mission Criticality Index (MCI). This innovative approach enabled Airbus engineers at the LHMS ground station to detect anomalies in real-time, evaluating the drones’ likelihood of successfully completing real missions.



With the successful completion of this flight test campaign, Airbus is set to advance the LHMS by enhancing its predictive algorithms, integrating AI-based decision support, and ensuring the system’s compatibility in networked environments involving both drones and fighter jets.



The LHMS is poised to play a crucial role in the FCAS, which includes the integration of a New Generation Fighter (NGF) and Remote Carrier (RC) drones into a Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS). This system will be interconnected with various platforms on the ground, at sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace through a data cloud. By providing a comprehensive overview of the condition of these platforms and forecasting their future state, LHMS aims to significantly improve their reliability. The system will also consider current and planned missions, which could expedite the turnaround time for these crafts, enabling quicker redeployment after missions.



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