The computer-based logistics program of the F-35 stealth fighter jet manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which has been plagued by delays, will be changed by one other community made by the same firm, a Pentagon official stated Tuesday.
The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) was engineered to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily practices, starting from mission planning and flight scheduling to repairs and scheduled maintenance, in addition to the tracking and ordering of parts.
Lord said the F-35’s prime contractor, would work on ODIN under the present ALIS funding profile without extra cost to the taxpayer.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had figured that ALIS would have cost over $16.7 billion over its multi-decade “life cycle.”
ALIS was blamed for delaying aircraft upkeep, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate.
By December 2022, ODIN can have changed ALIS in all F-35s except those stationed remotely or on ships, Lord said.
John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairperson of the House Armed Services Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, called two years “a very tight time-frame.”
ODIN will be primarily based in the cloud and engineered to deliver information in near real-time on plane and system performance under strengthened cybersecurity provisions, Lord said.
“We have heard our maintainers on the flight strains loud and clear when they say they want to spend much less time on administrative maintenance on ALIS,” she stated.