Australia’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters less than 500 days away
As the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program surpasses 100,000 flying hours, the Australian F-35A Project is counting down with less than 500 days until the first two Australian F-35A aircraft arrive for permanent basing in Australia.
Head of CASG’s Joint Strike Fighter Division, AVM Leigh Gordon, said that while this milestone marks a significant level of maturity for the global Program, working together will be the key to successful project delivery for Australia.
“The Australian F-35A Project is far more than just delivery of 72 aircraft, it’s also about working with Air Force, industry and across Defence to introduce brand new systems needed to operate the F-35A,” said AVM Leigh Gordon.
“Examples of these new systems include the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS); interfacing and being part of a F-35 Global Support Solution; and transitioning the workforce so we have a fifth generation technical workforce ready to operate this impressive capability,” he said.
“While we are on track to achieve initial operating capability by 2020, there are still risks that will take coordination to address.
“The biggest challenge is integrating the F-35A fifth generation capability into Australia with the preparations at Williamtown a focus right now.
The first F-35A support facility, the Off Board Information Systems Centre, was officially opened last month which will support the Australian ALIS as part of almost AU$1 billion worth of work being undertaken to transform Williamtown ready to support F-35A operations.
The Air Force’s Director Air Combat Transition Office, Group Captain Glen Beck, said the F-35A capability will transform the way Air Force does business in almost every facet of operations.
“The new technology is very exciting, but getting our people ready to operate this large, global and technologically complex capability will be critical to our success,” said Group Captain Beck.
“While the facilities and aircraft are very tangible, the less tangible work like setting up a different workforce and systems to support fifth generation maintenance, logistics, training and operations is where our effort is focussed.
“Australia will be standing up squadrons in relatively quick succession between 2019 and 2023 and we need to be prepared to take on that challenge as we prepare our first ferry next year and integration beyond.
“We have recently finished a range of workshops involving Australian F-35A operators currently based in the US, to cover different scenarios to ensure we can operate the F-35A safely and effectively in the Australian environment,” he said.
Two Australian aircraft will be based at Williamtown from December next year and in early 2019 Air Force will start verifying and validating processes for operating the F-35A in the Australian context.
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