TQS accomplished another successful Test Program Set (TPS) delivery under the SBIR Develops Innovation for Sustainment (SDIS) Joint Air Force/NAVAIR IFDIS TPS Development Project. This contract derives from and extends TQS’s on-going Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System (IFDIS) capability development to support the F-16 and F/A-18 weapon system readiness improvement programs under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. The latest TPS delivery enables IFDIS testing of the F-16 Digital Flight Control Computer (DFLCC) avionics chassis assembly by supplying TQS’s innovative TPS software and Interface Test Adapter (ITA).
The TQS designed and delivered IFDIS provides a unique capability to test avionics chassis for intermittent failures in an operationally relevant environment (vibration, temperature extremes, and Gs) that are not found by traditional avionics Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), and then precisely pinpoints failure locations so repairs can be made by Depot technicians. Repairs of these IFDIS-found connection failures (opens, shorts, and intermittent) are usually easy accomplished once their exact locations are known.
The payback to the DoD in increased time-on-wing has been demonstrated to be very significant – many times tripling the Time-On-Wing operating hours they had previously been experiencing, and thus avoiding significant supply chain cost and down-time.
TQS’s award-winning IFDIS is the result of a competitively awarded SBIR funded project TQS began developing in 2001 and has since delivered six IFDIS systems and 15 TPSs to the DoD which have provided improved operational reliability for the Warfighter. TQS is the only authorized provided of the IFDIS to the DoD.
Because of TQS’s success under the SBIR program with developing and delivering the IFDIS, for future IFDIS related work US public law grants the right of first refusal and sole source contract award approval to TQS. Thus, by law TQS is the only authorized provider of the IFDIS to the DoD (and U.S. Government). TQS’s sole-source contract requirement provides customers with a faster, easier and more streamlined process for future IFDIS requirements.
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