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BAE Systems to manage EW maintenance for F-35 JSF

22 May 2018

Lockheed Martin awarded the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to BAE Systems to provide the advanced fighter aircraft with electronic warfare (EW) systems.

Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will support the entire global fleet of F-35s to ensure parts availability of line replaceable unit (LRU) modules.

“Our PBL provides the material availability of all the parts regardless of who the customer is,” Betsy Warren, director of F-35 sustainment at BAE Systems, told Jane’s .

The more-than-USD100 million contract award issued in August 2017, and recently approved for public release by the F-35 JSF Joint Program Office, requires BAE Systems to meet two metrics: one for the average on-hand inventory and the second for customer wait time if a part is not readily available.

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