Larry’s Game – The Chief Engineer’s Blog!
08 Jan 16
08 Jan 16
We doubled in numbers, made the first delivery of our GECO Mission Support System, transitioned our existing GECO Air System to a fantastic new hardware platform and launched our GECO Land System.
All of our achievements in 2015 have only been possible due to our unique approach to product development and systems engineering. The difference at Inzpire is the way we bring the operator and the engineer together through all development stages from design to delivery. The 20-strong Mission Systems team comprises 3/4 engineers and 1/4 former operator SMEs. Around half of our engineers are ex-military too. What does this unique mix bring? First, we hold unique customer insights because we were the customer, we understand the customer and serve the customer. Second, through our SMEs we are able achieve an operator input through the entire development process – painful at times, but absolutely worth it in the long run! Our engineers and SMEs have a huge level of mutual understanding and respect and feed off each other’s vast experience to develop the right product for the customer. Finally, through our SME interface, we are able to understand, process and incorporate customer feedback in the minimum possible timeframe, enabling us to achieve levels of responsiveness way in excess of the industry norm.
Personally, as the technical authority for the Mission Systems Team, 2015 was challenging and rewarding in equal measures. Doubling the size of the team has demanded additional planning, processes and training. We have also had the joy of external auditing, which the military guys compare to their annual StanEval check – painful to prepare for, but invaluable in hindsight! A personal highlight for me was the delivery of upgraded GECO Air capability to the Royal Jordanian Air Force, who were the lead customer for the GECO Air System on our latest hardware platform – the awesome Panasonic FZ-M1. We spend a great deal of time and effort researching the very best available COTS hardware and developing outstanding software to meet the exacting demands of our customers. The Jordanians were delighted with our latest product and have fielded it onto additional platforms including their F16 fighters – they still owe me a passenger ride though!
Looking forward, the plan for 2016 sees us further developing our Mission Support System into a secure, networked and highly interoperable solution - bringing possibilities to a very wide range of platforms across the spectrum of military, cross-government and civilian users. We will further develop our GECO Land product, integrating further hardware capabilities into the GECO environment. Finally, and most importantly, we will continue to serve, listen to and develop outstanding capability for our current customers – they are the reason why we are here today and remain foremost in our minds. To do this, we will continue our search to find the very best people, source the very best platforms and develop the very best software, bringing them together in the unique team that is Inzpire’s Mission Systems Group.
Phil joins us as a principal training consultant having spent 20 years as a training specialist in the MOD.
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