& Financial Management
An autonomic response – a subconscious reflex –
provides a timely reaction to an unforeseen potential problem.
Your body’s autonomic nervous system monitors, controls
and adjusts your autonomic response to external stimuli. Autonomic
Logistics (AL) works much the same way – only for the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. AL is a seamless, embedded solution
that integrates current performance, operational parameters,
current configuration, scheduled upgrades and maintenance,
component history, predictive diagnostics (prognostics) and
health management, and service support for the F-35. Essentially,
AL does invaluable and efficient behind-the-scenes monitoring,
maintenance and prognostics to support the aircraft and ensure
its continued good health.
Lockheed Martin is partnering with the Joint
Strike Fighter Program Office to develop a centrally managed,
best value AL support system for all of the F-35 aircraft
that will be in use worldwide. AL couples a reliable air vehicle
design with a streamlined business approach to produce an
integrated support and training package that ensures an affordable
and cost-effective system. The AL system is a performance-based
logistics construct and involves a cooperative partnering
agreement between the government and industry. Another key
element of AL and the F-35 program is a joint solution that
emphasizes commonality for all participating countries, reducing
redundant duplication and maximizing total system efficiencies.
The AL End State is based on five key concepts:
- Smart and Reliable Aircraft – An
aircraft with reliability, maintainability, and prognostic
and health management (PHM) inherent in the design, enabling
the entire AL Concept.
- Technology Enabled and Supported Maintainer
– Trained maintenance personnel, with information,
instructions, tools, parts and materials.
- Integrated Training Environment –
Integrated training environment mission-qualified pilots
and maintainers, regardless of location.
- Intelligent Information Infrastructure
– Intelligent information infrastructure that captures,
analyzes and identifies system characteristics and interfaces
with legacy support systems to provide F-35 information
for every user worldwide
- Performance-Based Best Value Sustainment
– A business approach that equally weighs risk, schedule,
cost and technical aspects to provide a cost effective,
affordable support system that reduces total cost ownership
over the life cycle.