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OPERATIONAL TESTAND EVALUATION
OFFICE
OFTHE
SECRETARY
OF
DEFENSE
1700
DEFENSE
PENTAGONWASHINGTON,
DC20301-1700
INFO MEMO
FEB
15
2013
FOR: SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ·
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FROM:
J.
Michael Gilmore, Director, Operati<Siiil Test and EvaluationSUBJECT: F-35A Ready For Training Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE)I have attached at TAB A the F-35A Ready For Training OUE Report.
At
the request
of
the Joint Strike Fighter Program Executive Officer, the OUE evaluated the capability
of
the F-35A air vehicle and the infrastructure at Eglin Air Force Base to train anexperienced initial cadre
of
pilots using a very basic syllabus designed to familiarizepilots with aircraft that possessed no combat capability.
It
also evaluated the ability
of
the F-35A maintenance and Autonomic Logistics Information System to sustain a sortiegeneration rate consistent with the limited training contained in the Block 1A syllabus.In the report I conclude the following:The limitations, workarounds, and flight restrictions in place on the F-35A at thisearly stage
of
its development substantially limit the utility oftraining. However,the evaluation indicates areas where the program needs to focus attention andmake improvements.The radar, the pilot's helmet-mounted display, and the cockpit interfacesfor controlling the radios and navigational functions should be improved.Discrepancies between the courseware and the flight manuals werefrequently observed, and the timelines to fix or update courseware shouldbe shortened.The training management system lags in development compared to the rest
of
the Integrated Training Center and does not yet have all plannedfunctionality.Plans and procedures for training pilots to recover the aircraft in the event
of
an engine problem or flameout should be reviewed for adequacy and toassure such training can be conducted in an appropriate venue.• Sustainment
ofthe
six Block
lA
F-35A aircraft was sufficient to meet therelatively low student training sortie demand
of
the syllabus, but only withsubstantial resources (aircraft and manpower) and workarounds to the intendedsustainment system in place.
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The demonstrated reliability
of
the F-35A is significantly below the programoffice's projected targets for the reliability it expected the aircraft to achieve at the2,500 flight hours the F-35A fleet has now accumulated.I am providing copies
of
my report to the Under Secretary
of
Defense for Acquisition,Technology and Logistics; the Secretary
of
the Air Force; the Secretary
of
the Navy; andthe Vice Chairman
of
the Joint Chiefs
of
Staff. The professional staff
of
theCongressional defense committees have also requested the report and I will provide themcopies next Thursday. By law, I must provide the Congress with any test-related materialit requests.COORDINATION: NoneAttachment: TAB APrepared by: Curtis Cook, OSD-DOT&E, 703-697-1038
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OPERATIONAL
TEST
AND EVALUATION
OFFICE
OF THE
SECRETARY
OF
DEFENSE
1700
DEFENSEPENTAGONWASHINGTON,
DC
20301-1700
FEB
15
2013
MEMORANDUM FOR UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
FOR
ACQUISITION,TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICSSUBJECT: F-35A Ready For Training Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE)I have attached the F-35A Ready For Training OUE Report. At the request
of
the JointStrike Fighter Program Executive Officer, the OUE evaluated the capability
of
the F-35A airvehicle and the infrastructure at Eglin Air Force Base to train an experienced initial cadre
of
pilots using a very basic syllabus designed to familiarize pilots with aircraft that possessed nocombat capability.
It
also evaluated the ability
of
the F-35A maintenance and AutonomicLogistics Information System to sustain a sortie generation rate consistent with the limitedtraining contained in the Block
IA
syllabus. In the report I conclude the following:The limitations, workarounds, and flight restrictions in place on the F-35A at thisearly stage
of
its development substantially limit the utility oftraining. However,the evaluation indicates areas where the program needs to focus attention andmake improvements.The radar, the pilot's helmet-mounted display, and the cockpit interfacesfor controlling the radios and navigational functions should be improved.Discrepancies between the courseware and the flight manuals werefrequently observed, and the timelines to fix or update courseware shouldbe shortened.The training management system lags in development compared to the rest
of
the Integrated Training Center and does not yet have all plannedfunctionality.Plans and procedures for training pilots to recover the aircraft in the event
of
an engine problem or flameout should be reviewed for adequacy and toassure such training can be conducted in an appropriate venue.• Sustainment
of
the six Block
IA
F-35A aircraft was sufficient to meet therelatively low student training sortie demand
of
the syllabus, but only withsubstantial resources (aircraft and manpower) and workarounds to the intendedsustainment system in place.The demonstrated reliability
of
the F-35A is significantly below the programoffice's projected targets for the reliability it expected the aircraft to achieve at the2,500 flight hours the F-35A fleet has now accumulated.
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