In partnership with the US Air Force and Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), NCMS will co-host a demonstration exercise on the KC-135 Stratotanker April 15-26 in Wichita, KS. Known as STRATO-Tech, it will be considered the aircraft equivalent to REPTX, a series of events NCMS and the Navy have organized for onboard ship maintenance technology demonstrations. STRATO-Tech will provide opportunities for scenario-based technology demonstrations both on and near the KC-135 aircraft.

STRATO-Tech represents just one initiative of the newly formed Sustainment Technologies, Research and Automation for Transformative Operations Testbed (STRATO-T), a partnership formed by NCMS, NIAR, the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the US Air Force (USAF) Air Mobility Command (AMC). The testbed operates out of Air Capital Flight Line in a stretch of property near McConnell Air Force Base.

NCMS will be assisting the Air Force with identifying the desired sustainment capabilities and vetting industry and academic participants for STRATO-Tech. Participants will be given various real-world scenarios that address focus areas for improvements to support the Air Force’s sustainment capabilities for the KC-135 aircraft.  This will be a unique opportunity to test and demonstrate novel and available industry-academia products in conjunction with other technologies to demonstrate and evaluate the viability and efficacy of their unique or combined capabilities.

Key Air Force decision-makers and subject matter experts will be in attendance and eager to evaluate these technologies and provide firsthand experience of their needs and challenges. Stay tuned for more information coming soon about applying to participate, designated Stratotanker sustainment focus areas, demonstration scenarios, lodging, and more.

Where: Wichita State University

Date: April 15-26