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Lockheed Martin adopts UAE-designed AI-powered aircraft inspection tool

A group of UAE students have recently developed a breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for aircraft inspections, which will be adopted by Lockheed Martin in the United States.

The students are interning at Lockheed Martin in Masdar City, have collectively spent 1,200 hours building and testing an AI algorithm to detect paint and primer defects on jet airframes.

“We are very proud that the work we did here in Abu Dhabi with our engineering interns is being used to improve the speed and accuracy of quality inspections on aircraft production lines in the United States,” said Hala Alzargani, lead engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS).

“We initially started working with Lockheed Martin mentors to provide training for Emirati talent interested in careers in the aerospace and defence sector. As work progressed, we were able to digitise the time-consuming process of inspecting aircraft manually and delivered a real-world solution that drives significant time and cost savings as a result.”

Lockheed Martin interns will demonstrate the new AI solution for enhanced aircraft inspection at the 15th edition of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 21st to 25th February 2021.

Also being showcased at IDEX will be the company’s aircraft, rotary systems and air and missile defence technologies, all in compliance with strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.

Lockheed Martin’s CISS has hosted merit-based internship programmes since 2017 and has implemented a series of technology development programs for UAE engineers and industry professionals.

The programme provides specialist training in artificial intelligence development and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design, defence simulation exercises, business administration skills, and IT systems management, allowing students to work on real-world projects that positively impact the aerospace and defence industry.

Source: ITP

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