The Royal Australian Navy will use an innovative new data analytics system to improve fleet efficiency and capability as part of a new collaboration with GE and CSIRO’s Data61. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the GE LM2500 gas turbines that power the Adelaide and Anzac class frigates will be fitted with new sensors and coupled with advanced algorithms that will improve operational effectiveness and reduce operating costs. “The collaboration between Defence, GE and Data61 would see the collection and analysis of gas turbine data to better understand the stresses placed on engines at sea,” Minister Payne said. “This will enable Defence with real-time information to better identify and prevent issues before they occur, thereby reducing maintenance periods ensuring our frigates are available to spend more time at sea. Increasing engine performance and reducing fuel burn will also lead to greater operational efficiency.’’ “The information gained through this innovative data-sharing initiative could lead to increased operational effectiveness and readiness, as well as a reduction in the through life cost for the systems.” “This is another example of Defence working collaboratively with industry to develop world-leading technology and deepen the relationships that create mutually beneficial outcomes,” Minister Payne said. The existing contract for GE LM2500 gas turbine maintenance and logistic support was recently extended to include the Canberra class landing helicopter docks, with the Hobart class guided missile destroyers also expected to be included in the future.