F-35 Sustainment

Focus on Sustainment

The F-35 was designed with sustainment in mind. Key components are located where maintainers can access them, and the Autonomic Logistics Information System creates an information infrastructure for tracking maintenance data for individual airframes as well as the larger global fleet.

This focus on sustainment, together with economies of scale realized from a global supply chain for more than 3,000 aircraft, will help to control the costs associated with maintaining a fleet of 5th Generation fighters.

The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) enables F-35 operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its systems over the life cycle of the air vehicle. ALIS provides the IT backbone and capabilities to continuously capture and analyze the fleet’s overall readiness, in support of current and future warfighters across the U.S. services and the world.

ALIS integrates a broad range of capabilities including operations, maintenance, prognostics and health management, supply chain, customer support, training and technical data. A single, secure information environment provides users with up-to-date information on any of these areas using Web-enabled applications on a distributed network.

ALIS serves as the information infrastructure for the F-35, transmitting aircraft health and maintenance action information to the appropriate users on a globally-distributed network to technicians worldwide. ALIS receives Health Reporting Codes via a radio frequency downlink while the F-35 is still in flight; this enables the pre-positioning of parts and qualified maintainers so that when the aircraft lands, downtime is minimized and efficiency is increased.

ALIS allows the F-35 systems to deliver operational and training execution for both pilots and maintainers with innovative technologies that meet the demands of everyday use.