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During Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in conjunction with Defence Science & Technology (DST) and the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) successfully validated ChipCHECK, a state-of-the-art instrument that provides equipment maintenance crews with immediate, automated chip analyses onsite (either at base or deployed). ChipCHECK, designed and manufactured by Gastops Ltd., provides a capability not previously available to the ADF — the ability for operators and maintenance staff to accurately assess the health of an aircraft’s propulsion system via wear debris analysis while the aircraft is operating.
Exercise Talisman Sabre is a biennial combined Australian and United States training activity that in 2019 involved more than 34,000 personnel from 18 countries, including Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. Designed to practise the respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations, Exercise Talisman Sabre improves combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and U.S. Forces, and is a platform to improve upon capabilities by introducing state-of-the-art technologies such as ChipCHECK.
“ChipCHECK is one of our newest product offerings and is a great example of how Gastops continues to provide the market with new and cutting-edge technologies that solve real market pains,” said Shaun Horning, president and CEO of Gastops.
The trial and deployment of ChipCHECK into Talisman Sabre proved the capability of the instrument and the significant value it provides.
“We are very excited that ChipCHECK is being trialed by the Australian Defence Force. Already deployed globally for both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, ChipCHECK continues to maximize equipment readiness, improve on maintenance efficiency and reduce cost and time,” added Ryan Millar, ChipCHECK product manager.
Exercise Talisman Sabre successfully trialed ChipCHECK in a deployed ship-based application. The ADF plans to continue using ChipCHECK in additional applications and environments, the next of which being at an operational land base.