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Defence Logistics

Fujitsu offers an online, interactive Defence Logistics Management System that has been implemented by all three members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Known as COMSARM, it meets all current Defence Logistics and Explosive Ordnance (EO) requirements, and differs from conventional stock systems in that it caters specifically for military items.

COMSARM has extensive facilities for stock management, procurement and financial control, and it supports repair and maintenance activities. It can handle simple consumables (paint, oil etc), through to complex equipment (torpedoes, missiles etc). The complex items are classified as 'controlled' items, and their acquisition, storage, movement, maintenance and expenditure - or retirement - need to be carefully monitored. COMSARM maintains visibility of these items through all processes.

COMSARM can operate as either a single-service Logistics System, or in a tri-service environment. It was originally implemented in 1988 by the Royal Australian Navy, and has since been implemented by the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Army.

In 1997, COMSARM became the first ADF inventory system to include an Accrual Accounting module, and in 2001 it became the only system in Defence to report consumption and inventory in an automatically generated accounting framework based on Defence Outputs.

In 2000, COMSARM Lite - a portable field version - was installed in all Army depots to allow faster, more accurate reporting from the front line.

COMSARM's primary functions include:

  • Consistent inventory control for all items - controlled and non-controlled
  • Efficient and cost-effective procurement
  • Total asset visibility for all items, highlighting repairables
  • Reliable and complete configuration records

COMSARM has a high level of security-limited access to transactions and stock, and it maintains control over the transaction flow. Stock movements trigger checks on explosive limits, lifing (monitoring the lifespan of missiles, torpedos and their sub components and ammunition), restrictions and requirement determinations, with managers automatically informed of breaches.