Patria OPTIME combines robust engineering and maintenance expertise with data analysis in a unique way for the sustainment of various kinds of fleets. It ensures that customer fleets are always ready for operations – with optimal costs.
Patria has served as the partner of the Finnish Defence Forces for over 100 years, providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military fleets as well as technical training for the fleets. The Patria OPTIME utilizes this combat-proven heritage together with a data-driven service model to ensure the availability and cost-effectiveness for operations in all conditions. While Patria ensures the availability of customer’s fleet, the customer can keep focus on its core operations.
Patria OPTIME covers a broad range of services and solutions impacting the fleet availability, such as fleet maintenance, upcoming modification projects and needed integrations in the later stages of the lifecycle as well as supply chain management and training services.
To maximize benefits and cost-effectiveness
Patria OPTIME is a modular service model that is always tailored to the customer needs and requirements. Tailoring process will start from initial assessment of the customer’s sustainment solution for the fleets, which is carried out together to review the status and technical condition of the equipment together with the benefits and challenges in current sustainment solution.
Based on this assessment, the proposed solution will be established to initiate the first development actions for fleet availability and how the cooperation between the parties could be established. This ensures the customer to gain the maximum benefits and cost-effectiveness over the fleet lifecycle.
Patria OPTIME is scaled according to the needs of the customer – from a single fleet to broader combination of fleets in different operating environments on land, at sea and in the air. Patria OPTIME is not limited to specific assets made by certain original equipment manufacturers.
Efficient data utilization is essential
Patria OPTIME combines top-notch engineering expertise with efficient data utilization in a unique way for the sustainment of military equipment. There is no comparable, comprehensive, manufacturer-independent and data-driven solution that can be deployed in all operating environments available from other market actors.
Patria OPTIME is a data-driven concept, which ensures the performance and cost-effective operation of the fleet. In the centre of the concept is data collection from the fleet usage and maintenance. This leads to analysing and combining the data to boost the efficiency of maintenance work, improve predictability and produce alternative scenarios for decision-making purposes.
State-of-the-art methods and tools enable efficient data utilization to ensure the operational readiness of the fleet and create savings when material procurements and maintenance activities are carried out at the right time and the logistical efficiency is constantly measured and analysed.
One of the key benefits of Patria OPTIME is support for the security of supply. Even during a crisis, the customer can count on Patria’s support. The concept includes a commitment to meeting its promises even in exceptional circumstances. In addition to military crises, this commitment holds true in exceptional situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, which pose their own challenges in day-to-day work.
Patria’s service covers the entire lifecycle of the fleets
The lifecycle for military fleets is typically decades-long – and thus, in addition to ordinary maintenance, repairs and overhauls, the fleets must undergo major upgrades, repairs and system/structural modifications during the lifecycle to fulfil required capabilities. Commonly there are new systems integrated into the equipment to enhance performance. Patria has strong experience and expertise in all these demanding activities – for land vehicles, aircraft and marine vessels alike.
Patria OPTIME also covers the management of fleet MRO supply chains, as required by the customer. Data analysis makes it possible to anticipate the future need for spare parts and to optimally plan the deliveries and storage of these parts.
The concept of operations of high-performance assets is also essential part of effective system usage. Patria can support this with years of experience in data collection from a range of fleets as part of mission support services. This brings exclusive offering for Patria’s training services. For instance, in Finland, Patria is responsible for elementary and basic pilot training for the Air Force, Army and Border Guard and provides training services for maintenance staff.
Patria is a valued partner in many countries
In addition to Finland, many other countries have also had good experiences of long-term partnerships with Patria in lifecycle services. At its engine repair workshop in Belgium, Patria is responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the F100 engines of F-16 and F-15 fighters worldwide, serving more than 15 air forces.
In Norway, Patria owns half of Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS), which serves as a strategic partner to the Norwegian Armed Forces in fighter and helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Patria's helicopter unit in Sweden has been a key player in helicopter maintenance since 1947. Also, Patria has provided lifecycle services for the Patria XA infantry support vehicles of the Swedish Armed Forces for a long time, including fleet service life extension.
In Estonia, Patria’s subsidiary Milworks maintains and repairs armoured vehicles to the Estonian Defence Forces.
Patria OPTIME is set up according to the customer’s requirements
Patria OPTIME is set up in phases together with the customer. The specification of the Patria OPTIME solution begins with an assessment of the current state of the customer’s operating environment, equipment and sustainment solution as well as the requirements set for them.
A Patria OPTIME solution proposal is drafted based on the assessment, along with an estimate for its impacts on financial and operational indicators. On the basis of the proposal, Patria drafts a more detailed solution description together with the customer.
After these phases have been completed, Patria specifies an individual approach to collaborating with the customer to ensure the functionality and effectiveness of the Patria OPTIME solution in both the short and long term. In this way, Patria OPTIME ensures the performance of different kinds of equipment in all conditions over their entire lifecycle.
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