The shortage of spare parts for the F-35 aircraft has degraded readiness. The aircraft were not able to fly about 22 per cent of the time in the past year due to shortage of spares, Government Accountability Office has stated in its latest report.
The GAO in its October 30 report, put up a table defining various key challenges faced for F-35 aircraft sustainment according to which, Department Of Defense' capabilities to repair F-35 parts at military depots are 6 years behind schedule, which has resulted in average part repair times of 172 days—twice the program's objective.
From January through August 7, 2017, F-35 aircraft were unable to fly about 22 percent of the time due to parts shortages. This has degraded readiness.
DOD has not defined all of the technical data it needs from the prime contractor, and at what cost, to enable competition of future sustainment contracts. Technical data include the information necessary to ensure weapon system performance and support.
The Marine Corps' initial F-35 deployments on ships in 2018, and potentially the initial ship deployments for the Navy, will not include required intermediate-level maintenance capabilities. Such capabilities provide a level of support between the squadron and the depots, so that repairs can be done at sea. DOD has identified initial intermediate capabilities that it plans to implement, but funding to do so is not yet in place.
The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is a complex system supporting operations and maintenance that is central to F-35 sustainment, but planned updates will likely be delayed, and requirements for ALIS development are not fully funded.
The US Department of Defense has taken actions to reduce F-35 fighter sustainment costs, but the estimated life cycle costs have increased and are not fully transparent to the military services, the Government Accountability Office has stated in its October 2017 report. According to the GAO report published October 30 this year, the services do not fully understand how the costs they are being charged by the F-35 program office are linked to the capabilities they are receiving
The Dutch Ministry of Defense may cancel the purchase of last three F-35 fighter jets due to high dollar rate. The MoD may not have enough money to buy the last three of the 37 fighter jets as the government plans to purchase, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, ANP news wire reported Thursday
Norway takes delivery of first three F-35A Lighting II aircraft from the US firm Lockheed Martin in a ceremony at Ørland Air Base, on Friday. “We mark the start of a new era for the Norwegian Armed Forces,” said Norways Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $34.6 million contract for weapons capabilities technology maturation and risk reduction pre-engineering, manufacturing and development activities for dual-capability F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft and small-diameter bomb 2 (SDB-II) in support of the Marine Corps and Air Force
Norway became the first foreign nation to receive the delivery of Block 3F mission data from US Air Forces 53rd Electronic Warfare Groups Partner Support Complex last week. “Our software provides the Norwegian F-35 an unprecedented precision attack capability – a crucial element to maintaining peace,” Robert Kraus, F-35 PSC director said in a statement Wednesday
Operations of F-35 fighter jet belonging to United States forces and international partners have been temporarily suspended pending a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine of the aircraft, the F-35 Joint Program Office announced Thursday. If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced
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