This document is applicable to military aircraft where stakeholders are seeking guidance on the development and approval of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies and on the integration of these technologies into encompassing maintenance and operational support systems. The document will refer to those guidelines prepared under SAE ARP6461 that are relevant and applicable to military applications.
A wide range of engineering disciplines are required to evolve Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies, and to integrate these technologies into maintenance and operational support systems for military aircraft. These disciplines are required from a variety of stakeholders with varying experiences: military operators, aircraft manufacturers, system suppliers, regulatory agencies, academia, etc. Therefore, clear concise information and guidelines are needed to make each stakeholder aware of the disciplines and requirements of the other stakeholders. The concise information should present, in a clear common language, the guidelines, recommended practices, requirements, processes, standards and regulations required for the evolution, integration and approval of SHM.