Ensuring Mission Readiness with ALIS 2.0.2 Upgrade
The F-35 boasts a game-changing sustainment platform that continues to redefine the capabilities warfighters around the world possess in their arsenals – whether in the air, at sea or on the ground. In April 2017, the Lockheed Martin team began rolling out the next iteration of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which significantly enhances sustainment operations for the entire F-35 fleet.
Greg Hayes, Lockheed Martin ALIS site manager
This iteration of the system, ALIS 2.0.2, provides users with the ability to manage the F-35 engine from within ALIS, streamline resource management for deployed operations, leverage an automated process for managing life-limited parts on the airplane and more easily create network connections between deployed locations and home stations.
The upgraded ALIS software was installed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in March and was subsequently approved for rollout to all F-35A and F-35C sites. Nellis was the lead validation and verification migration base for ALIS 2.0.2, and the Lockheed Martin field team helped ensure a smooth implementation of the brand-new software. Approval for ALIS 2.0.2 to F-35 sites flying the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B variant is expected soon.
“The ALIS system has come a long way. It’s matured significantly, and with this latest upgrade, we are on the cutting edge,” said Greg Hayes, the Lockheed Martin ALIS site manager who has led the deployment and sustainment of ALIS 2.0.2 at Nellis and Naval Air Station Lemoore. “Everything we do is to keep the warfighter flying and keep their systems available, so they can carry out their mission.”
Nellis is one of the first bases to conduct operational tests on the F-35. At the base, the flight team provides developmental test support, drives development evaluation and supports the initial operational test and evaluation program.
The Right Tools for the Job
A major focus for the team at Nellis is enhancing the ability of the maintainers on the ground to ensure they have the tools they need to produce safe, airworthy jets. The team has worked side-by-side with the Airmen to ensure their needs are met and they have a top-notch product they can use to sustain the F-35 for years to come.
“The maintainers like the flexibility of taking a Toughbook [laptop] to the jet and having everything they need at their fingertips, and that’s your next-generation mindset,” said Steve Supachana, the lead field support engineer at Nellis AFB. “They like the ALIS 2.0.2 upgrade and the fact that they have more stats on the aircraft and have more eyes-on, instantaneous information on the status of their aircraft.
Steve Supachana, Lockheed Martin lead field support engineer
The Nellis field support team is proud to have played a major role in the ALIS 2.0.2 rollout as the lead migration base. Though the install is complete, their mission remains clear – support the needs of the warfighter and continue to refine the ALIS software and develop best practices to share with the entire fleet.
Since completing the ALIS 2.0.2 validation and verification at Nellis AFB, the ALIS team has also completed the upgrade at NAS Lemoore in California.
Over the course of this year, the ALIS 2.0.2 upgrade will continue to roll out across the U.S. F-35 sites at a rate of two per month. After ALIS 2.0.2 has been stood up across all domestic F-35 bases, the team will begin international implementation until the entire enterprise F-35 fleet is flying with the latest software.