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DECEMBER 2016 ISSUE

F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD
 
F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD The Department of Defence (DoD) has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the first component repair assignments Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), for the first 65 of 774 repairable. The assignments were based on data compiled and analysed by the F-35 Joint Program Office that was collected from Partners Nations, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers and their industries. These initial Regional MRO&U assignments will support near-term component repair requirements in support of F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated as programme needs dictate but no later than the next five years.

As part of the F-35 global sustainment strategy, participating nations were provided with requirements outlining global repair needs for the F-35 component workload. Each country was afforded the opportunity to work with their industrial base to provide the F-35 enterprise work over and above their own F-35 needs. Regional considerations such as forward basing, aircraft phasing, and transportation also contributed to initial assignment decisions.

There are a total of 774 components (broken into 18 categories such as avionics, life support, egress, canopy system, pumps etc.) that will be repaired on the F-35. This current assignment is for 65 of these 774 parts with assignment of the remaining parts to occur over the next 2 to 3 years. Eventually, the Program intends to have regional repair capability in Europe and the Pacific for all 774 components.

The current assignments are time-phased such that the first repair capabilities will be stood up by 2021 and will serve all F-35s globally until 2025. This is because the demand for repairs from 2021 to 2025 can be satisfied with a single repair source globally. Eventually, the demand for repairs will increase to a point where a single global repair capability will not be enough and as a result the program will stand up regional repair capabilities in Europe and the Pacific to handle the increased demand. Thus, there are two component repair assignments being made today: one for global repairs from 2021 to 2025 and a second for regional repairs from 2025 and beyond.

The DoD has assigned 48 of the first 65 components to the United Kingdom and 14 of the first 65 components to the Netherlands, and three components to Australia for global repairs from 2021 to 2025. From 2021 to 2025 these repair capabilities in the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands will serve all F-35s around the world.

For the European Region, the Department has assigned 51 of the first 65 components to the UK, and 14 of the first 65 components to the Netherlands, with this repair capability to be activated in 2025.

“This is the first of many opportunities we will have to assign F-35 global sustainment solutions for component repair work,” said F 35 Program Executive Officer, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. “As international F-35 deliveries increase and global operations expand, support provided by our international F-35 users becomes increasingly more important. We are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside these nations on a daily basis; this close teamwork enables the US Defence Department to make well-informed, best-value decisions to shape the F-35 global sustainment posture for decades to come.”

Today’s assignment of initial F-35 component repair capability represents about 8 percent of total amount of repairable work. Requests for Information (RFI) for F-35 Warehousing and Non Air Vehicle repairs were released to the F-35 Enterprise in October 2016 and will be assessed during 2017.

 
 


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