Apr 25 2011

JSF Chief: “Maintenance costs make their knees go weak”

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 20:18 onder Global F35 News

Aviation Week reports; 25-apr-2011:
Vice Adm. David Venlet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program executive officer, says he hopes that negotiations with Lockheed Martin on low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot V will progress more smoothly than they did for the previous lot.
Lockheed is putting the finishing touches on its LRIP V proposal, which will comprise 35 aircraft

And about the Joint Strike Fighter’s Key Performance Parameter “Affordabililty”:
While 2010 was focused on restructuring development and production in response to development delays, this year will put sustainment under the microscope. “We have some choices about how we sustain and support this aircraft,” Venlet says. “The service chiefs look at the estimates of the maintenance cost and it makes their knees go weak.”
Venlet says that the Pentagon is conducting a separate should-cost review on JSF sustainment in an effort to drive the price down by identifying the most substantial cost drivers. “There is an estimate,” he says. “We know that is not the right number.”
Venlet cites the estimate of more than $440 billion put forward by Naval Air Systems Command, which he led, as a starting point toward wringing cost out of maintaining the aircraft.

Read full article Aviation Week; 25-apr-2011 “JSF Chief hopes for smoother LRIP V talks

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