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Air Force, Google to Collaborate on Cloud-Based Aircraft Maintenance Ecosystem

Google Cloud and the U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Sustainment Office have agreed to jointly develop a technology ecosystem that will use company-built computing platforms to support aviation sustainment work at the service branch.

The partnership intends to incorporate Google’s Apigee application programming interface management tool and Anthos managed application technology into the aircraft maintenance ecosystem as part of Project Lighthouse, according to a joint release Friday.

The open, agile and scalable ecosystem will also provide seamless integration for the Air Force’s network of technology providers, including predictive maintenance software to managing robotics.

“What we’re building with Google Cloud will accelerate the way we adopt, integrate, and scale technologies for the Air Force,” explained Nathan Parker, a deputy program executive officer at RSO.

“Thanks to Project Lighthouse, more personnel are going to have what they need to do their jobs faster, and we’re committed to playing a key role in this effort,” added Mike Daniels, vice president for global public sector at Google Cloud.

The Air Force plans to prototype, validate and test the scalability of the Lighthouse ecosystem within its technology environment before deployment.

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