Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th September 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK's F-35B aircraft electronically report their maintenance state to Lockheed Martin.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The global F-35 Programme operates an electronic logistics system for maintenance, diagnostics, supply chain management, and fleet management with the goal of supporting F-35 readiness and maximizing maintainability. This includes reporting their maintenance state electronically via a sovereign data guard into the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integration (HPSI) office, which is a joint Lockheed Martin and US Department of Defense body.

The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is a F-35 Programme wide system designed to support the Air System. The cost of sustaining ALIS is included within the running costs of the F-35 Program where, as a Partner, the UK is currently responsible for paying 4.6% of these costs.

The UK will replace the ALIS support system with the more modern Operational Data and Integrated Network (ODIN) in line with the global F-35 Programme.

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