App to let soldiers also serve as mechanics

App to let soldiers also serve as mechanics

The Army is spending $1 million to test logistics software designed to turn soldiers into impromptu experts in repairing and maintaining field combat vehicles.

The Enigma 3C Platform will give soldiers diagnostic, service and repair information about equipment in use in the field.

The service will test the integrated logistics software from Enigma Inc. of Burlington, Mass., on Humvees and armored tactical trucks. The field test will take place later this year as part of the Army's Stryker Brigade Proof of Enablers demonstration.

The Enigma 3C Platform is a Web-based 'encyclopedia of maintenance and repair information for a unit's combat vehicles,' according to a statement from the company. The software ties together maintenance, parts and service information from more than 50 technical manuals.

'The system will automatically diagnose fault codes from each vehicle's on-board computer and immediately deliver repair instructions and parts information to the crew,' Enigma said.

When combat vehicles break down or need service, maintenance personnel often are not available. The software will serve as a quick primer that soldiers can use in the field to service and maintain vehicles themselves.

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