F-35 Sustainment

Focus on Sustainment

The F-35 was designed with sustainment in mind. The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is the fleet management backbone for the F-35. Pilots plan and debrief missions, and sustainment professionals maintain the F-35 using ALIS. Delivering an integrated interface to maintenance, supply chain and sustainment information, ALIS is the single management tool supporting all F-35 operations.

The F-35 is the first tactical aircraft system to have sustainment tools designed in concert with the air vehicle to optimize operations. This focus on sustainment, together with economies of scale realized from a global supply chain for more than 3,000 aircraft, will help control the costs associated with maintaining a fleet of 5th Generation fighters.

ALIS is integral to maintaining and operating F-35s. It is a system-of-systems approach to fleet management that connects maintenance, supply chain and sustainment information into a single management tool to support all F-35 operations.

ALIS turns maintenance data into actionable information that enables pilots, maintainers and military leaders to make proactive decisions and keep jets flying.

A single, secure information environment provides users with up-to-date information using Web-enabled applications on a globally-distributed network. Security is paramount, and ALIS allows each nation to keep their sovereign data protected while pooling the data that the nations choose in order to support worldwide reliability and maintainability.

In April 2016, the latest iteration of ALIS was approved for installation at U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-35 sites. Along with a number of improvements to the system's baseline, the upgrade delivers significant enhancements for managing forward operations and sustainment.