MEMORANDUM FOR UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
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
the JointStrike Fighter Program Executive Officer, the OUE evaluated the capability
the F-35A airvehicle and the infrastructure at Eglin Air Force Base to train an experienced initial cadre
pilots using a very basic syllabus designed to familiarize pilots with aircraft that possessed nocombat capability.
also evaluated the ability
the F-35A maintenance and AutonomicLogistics Information System to sustain a sortie generation rate consistent with the limitedtraining contained in the Block
syllabus. In the report I conclude the following:• The limitations, workarounds, and flight restrictions in place on the F-35A at thisearly stage
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
the Integrated Training Center and does not yet have all plannedfunctionality.• Plans and procedures for training pilots to recover the aircraft in the event
an engine problem or flameout should be reviewed for adequacy and toassure such training can be conducted in an appropriate venue.• Sustainment
the six Block
F-35A aircraft was sufficient to meet therelatively low student training sortie demand
the syllabus, but only withsubstantial resources (aircraft and manpower) and workarounds to the intendedsustainment system in place.• The demonstrated reliability
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.