LOCKHEED MARTIN RELEASES FIRST AUTONOMIC LOGISTICS SYSTEM SOFTWARE FOR F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
ORLANDO, FL, 28-JAN-03 -- Lockheed Martin recently delivered Build 1 of the Test Failure Resolution Report software, the first component of an Autonomic Logistics Information System expected to significantly reduce maintenance costs for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The system, known as ALIS, serves as the information infrastructure for the F-35, transmitting information on a globally distributed network to maintenance technicians worldwide. ALIS is autonomic, meaning it can demonstrate behavior predicated on internal and external stimuli without human intervention. The F-35 aircraft's health and maintenance actions, even the location of parts, are generated through the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Currently, traditional aircraft require approximately ten hours of maintenance for every hour spent in flight. Use of the autonomic system is expected to drastically reduce this number.
The recently delivered Test Failure Resolution Report software application provides suppliers and vendors with a web-based application for collecting and storing test failure data, root cause analysis data, and corrective action information. This information enhances reliability of the F-35's components by identifying design deficiencies, manufacturing defects and other failures at the earliest possible opportunity.
Autonomic logistics will redefine customer support, said John Hallal, Lockheed Martin Information Systems President. Autonomic logistics provide affordable, responsive and flexible support solutions to enhance mission execution. The autonomic system offers faster aircraft repair with fewer people.
Lockheed Martin's Autonomic Logistics Information System also supports pilot and maintainer training by providing the infrastructure to access on demand electronic training on a global basis. ALIS contains a knowledge database of technical information that will reveal how any plane has been modified in the past to help determine what is needed to sustain and increase the life of military aircraft. Lockheed Martin plans to offer supply chain management, wireless and business-to-business functions using ALIS that would establish new paradigms in logistics support.