Supportsystem til F-35 volder fortsat problemer

F-35 programmet kæmper fortsat med at få styr på det såkaldte "Autonomic Logistics Information System" (ALIS), som supporterer operationerne, missionsplanlægning, supply-chain management, vedligeholdelse og andre processer, når flyene er på jorden. Skåret ud i pap, så er ALIS som nævnt omdrejningspunktet for håndteringen af F-35 på jorden.

I en nylig rapport fra den amerikanske rigsrevision, Government Accountability Office (GAO), peger rigsrevisorerne på, at der er risiko for, at den i forvejen forsinkede udvikling af ALIS bliver yderligere forsinket. Simpelthen fordi der er kommet nye udfordringer, som systemet skal forholde sig til.

"In 2016 we found that DOD did not have a plan to ensure that ALIS was fully functional as key program milestones approached, and we recommended that DOD develop a plan to prioritize and address ALIS risks. Since that time, the program office has implemented this recommendation through the development of an ALIS Technical Roadmap to plan for these requirements. However, emerging requirements, such as to address cyber security vulnerabilities and system obsolescence, will likely lead to changes in the Roadmap that could further delay the date when these sustainment capabilities are provided. Furthermore, the requirements and associated timelines for ALIS development that are identified in this plan may not be realistic because the requirements are not fully funded in upcoming service budgets, resulting in additional risks to the program’s plan."

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