The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has successfully completed major logistics system upgrade to the fleet management system of the F-35 aircraft in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, and Rolls-Royce.
The latest version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS version 188.8.131.52) has been used to upgrade all F-35 operational bases worldwide.
Currently, the ALIS version 184.108.40.206 integrates Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system for the first time that supports the evolution of the F-35 aircraft in terms of comprehensive weapon system sustainment.
Pratt & Whitney F135 ALIS programme manager, associate director Larry Breen said: “Integrating propulsion into ALIS at every F-35 operational base represents a significant milestone for the F-35 programme.
“As a result of this upgrade, the men and women that support the F-35 can now manage a wide spectrum of logistics for the aircraft, including propulsion from a single logistics system, eliminating much of the manual planning that was previously required with multiple maintenance systems.
“Ultimately, the integration of propulsion into ALIS will provide automated maintenance process capabilities, reducing sustainment costs and increasing aircraft availability. It is also a key enabler for condition-based maintenance, instead of cost-intensive fixed duration schedules, for this multi-role weapons system.”
The new ALIS version helps automate the tracking of life-limited propulsion parts, manages squadron maintenance requirements with improved supply chain features, and allows for enhanced fault isolation, diagnostics, and health trending in order to streamline resource management during home or deployed operations.
The logistics information system is used to gather and evaluate condition-based data from the entire aircraft targeting preventative maintenance, prognostic health monitoring, supply chain management, flight scheduling and mission planning.
It also facilitates the pre-positioning of parts and qualified technicians in order to minimise downtime, while improving the efficiency of flight line operations.