DRS (UK) Ltd, a leader in defence technology solutions and services, has joined Cranfield University’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre as a new member, strengthening the Centre’s ability to apply this innovative technology across various sectors.

DRS UK Ltd, part of US based DRS Technologies Inc (a subsidiary of Finmeccanica), a defence technology solutions and services leader, is focused on the defence, intelligence and homeland security markets.

As a member organisation, DRS benefits from direct access to the latest innovations in this increasingly important area of technology through the Centre’s Core research programme. Committing £30k a year, Member organisations also have the opportunity to influence the research direction of the Centre. 

The IVHM Centre has now entered its second five years with the Centre’s existing members (Boeing, BAE Systems, Meggitt, Thales, MoD and Alstom), signing up to an evolved model which has an increased focused on applied research. This research is primarily aimed at translating technology solutions developed in its first five years into new products and services for its members. Core research continues to be important as a source of new technologies with a focus on diagnostics and increasingly prognostics.

Dr Bruce Holley, International Test & Diagnostics Business Development Director, at DRS UK Ltd said: “DRS UK  is very excited to join Cranfield University’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre. DRS (UK) Ltd  are strong advocates of enhancing system IVHM technologies particularly in the avionics sector. DRS (UK) Ltd very much look forward to bringing new ideas to the Centre and more importantly setting up working relationships with other Centre Members to develop the next generation of IVHM technologies.”

James Angus, Commercial Director for the IVHM Centre said: “We are delighted to welcome DRS as a new member of the IVHM Centre. While maintaining a strong focus on aerospace it has always been our intention to develop generic IVHM technologies and solutions that span multiple markets. DRS participation in the IVHM Centre strengthens our footprint in the defence and security sectors.


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