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Logistics support system: Harmonization enhances Multi-National Support

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2 Author(s)
Scott, B.E. ; Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics, Orlando, FL, USA ; Minei, A.J.

This examines the evolution of the Harmonization approach for the LM-STAR® Multi-National Support. Critical to the Lockheed Martin Corporation's approach to winning the JSF/F35 contract in 2002 was developing a common logistics approach. A strategy was devised for ATE Harmonization whereas all Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) would utilize a common ATE subset solution knowing one day programs developed on the subset solution would be required to execute on a full-up solution for Depot support, etc. Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (LMSTS) was already executing the Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) and some of its early PBL efforts, Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) efforts, and the Consolidated Service Pool Program (CSP) and realized how a common solution was beneficial to the US Navy and other foreign military users of CASS. A test envelope was established using the CASS as a baseline. Several OEM/supplier meetings were held and the test envelope was expanded to handle additional OEM test requirements. The first station built was a full-up superstation with the entire test envelope supported. From this point, each OEM working with their Lockheed Martin Aerospace buyer, filled out requirements needs, as well as a quantity and need date. From these requirements LMSTS developed various configurations and delivered 62 System Design & Development (SDD) testers to OEMs in the United States, United Kingdom, and other JSF partnering countries. LMSTS is now delivering 16 more LM-STARs® in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), 3 to the OEMs and in LRIP4 LMSTS will deliver 21 stations to OEMS and three to the Depot.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 9 )