WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The computer system-dependent logistics system of the F-35 stealth fighter jet produced by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), which has been plagued by delays, will be changed by a further network created by the same firm, a Pentagon formal mentioned on Tuesday.
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The Autonomic Logistics Data System (ALIS) was developed to underpin the F-35 fleet’s everyday operations, ranging from mission arranging and flight scheduling to repairs and scheduled servicing, as very well as the monitoring and buying of pieces.
Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s main weapon’s purchaser, claimed ALIS would be replaced with Lockheed Martin’s Operational Information Integrated Community (ODIN), which will be streamlined for efficiency “with the voice of the maintainer and the pilots at the forefront of the necessities checklist.”
Lord explained to Reuters outdoors a closed-doorway briefing to U.S. Congress that Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s primary contractor, would operate on ODIN below the existing ALIS funding profile without the need of added value to the taxpayer.
The Govt Accountability Business (GAO) experienced estimated that ALIS would have price much more than $16.7 billion over its multi-ten years “life cycle”.
ALIS was blamed for delaying plane servicing, one of the quite issues it was meant to facilitate.
“One Air Force unit believed that it expended the equivalent of much more than 45,000 hours for every calendar year undertaking further duties and guide workarounds mainly because ALIS was not operating as desired,” the GAO explained in a November report.
By December 2022, ODIN will have replaced ALIS in all F-35s except those deployed remotely or on ships, Lord explained.
John Garamendi (D-CA), Chair of the Dwelling Armed Companies Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, referred to as two several years “a pretty restricted time body.”
“We simply cannot wait right until there is a functioning ODIN to work on the other sustainment troubles with the jet,” he mentioned in an interview after Tuesday’s listening to. The F-35 has drawn criticism for possessing a increased than hoped for value for every traveling hour.
ODIN will be based mostly in the cloud and made to deliver details in around real time on aircraft and method overall performance beneath heightened cyber security provisions, Lord mentioned.
“We have read our maintainers on the flight traces loud and distinct when they say they want to expend less time on administrative maintenance on ALIS,” she said.
Reporting by Mike Stone Editing by Sonya Hepinstall