The fault plagued Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) for the F-35 will be replaced by the new Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN).
Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s chief weapon’s buyer, said ALIS would be replaced with Lockheed Martin’s ODIN, which will be streamlined for efficiency “with the voice of the maintainer and the pilots at the forefront of the requirements list”.
Lord told Reuters here that Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s prime contractor, would work on ODIN under the current ALIS funding profile without additional cost to the taxpayer. Lockheed are essentially reinventing the system to be more functional and reliable.
The US Government Accountability Office blamed ALIS for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate.
“One Air Force unit estimated that it spent the equivalent of more than 45,000 hours per year performing additional tasks and manual workarounds because ALIS was not functioning as needed”, said the GAO report in November.
Lockheed Martin describe the purpose of ALIS as follows:
“ALIS integrates a broad range of capabilities including operations, maintenance, prognostics, supply chain, customer support services, training and technical data. A single, secure information environment provides users with up-to-date information on any of these areas using web-enabled applications on a distributed network.
The F-35 is the first tactical aviation system to have sustainment tools engineered in concert with the aircraft for efficiency and cost effectiveness. Compared to previous aircraft, a higher fidelity of information about the F-35 fleet is tracked within ALIS to reduce operations and maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability.”
It is understood that ODIN will be based in the cloud and designed to deliver data in near real time on aircraft and system performance under heightened cyber security provisions.
The new system should be ready by 2022.