Stealth fighters are deadly, effective and notoriously finicky. The exterior skin that keeps them stealthy is vulnerable to nicks and dents. And even the smallest one can render a plane suddenly visible to enemy radar. For decades, that meant that every time a stealth fighter landed, a technician had to walk around it holding a pen and paper, manually logging—and sometimes literally tracing—any damage found. It wasn’t an efficient system or accurate, but for a long time it was the only system they had. Thanks to one Canadian company, that’s no longer the case.

Vancouver’s NGRAIN found a way to digitize and streamline the stealth inspection process for Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter, which is scheduled to be combat ready next year.

Read the rest of Canadian Business magazine’s feature on NGRAIN and it’s work on the F-35’s 3D visual inspection and analytics system.