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US Marine Corps cancels select F-35B flight operations due to ALIS issues

26 June 2017

On 22 June the US Marine Corps (USMC) indefinitely cancelled flight operations of select Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft due to issues with the Automated Logistic Information System (ALIS).

The US Marine Corps cancelled flight operations of select F-35B aircraft due to issues with their Automated Logistics Information System (ALIS). (Lockheed Martin)The US Marine Corps cancelled flight operations of select F-35B aircraft due to issues with their Automated Logistics Information System (ALIS). (Lockheed Martin)

USMC spokesman Major Kurt Stahl said on 22 June that 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Commanding General Major General Mark Wise made the decision to temporarily suspend Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)-211 flight operations at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona pending fixes to a recent ALIS software upgrade within version 2.0.2 that presented some anomalies. Maj Stahl said these anomalies are related to maintenance codes not being properly reflected within ALIS, which is considered the information technology (IT) backbone of the aircraft. Maj Stahl said on 23 June the flight suspension continued.

Maj Stahl said the flight operations affect the 14 F-35Bs at VMA-211. F-35Bs are the USMC's short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the JSF.

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