“With the imminent arrival of the #F-35A, we should all be very proud to be part of arguably the best equipped, most skilled and capable #Air Force in the world.” GPCAPT van Leeuwen said
#GPCAPT #vanLeeuwen, who has served in Air Force since 1989, said while a lot of attention had been focused on acquisition, sustainment of the F-35A Air System had largely flown #undertheradar.
Pardon the pun. “As with any #developmental program, there have been discoveries and issues that have unsurprisingly drawn attention to a program of this scale and #cost,” he said. “The full scope and cost of F-35A sustainment activity won’t be fully quantified until final verification activities have been completed and all modelling data and assumptions are qualified. I see that – along with integration of the F-35A #AirSystem (more than just the platform) into #ACG – as the main challenges for ACSPO. I’d expect as we exercise the F-35A in #Australia in the lead-up to IOC, the level of uncertainty will decrease as the support system matures.” GPCAPT van Leeuwen said members of ACSPO would work closely with staff in the #JSF Division and #AirForce – ACG and the #AirCombat Transition Office – moving forward. “These relationships are critical to the success of the F-35A capability,” he said. “There is heavy reliance on all elements across the enterprise in terms of roles and responsibilities as we deliver, introduce and sustain this highly potent fifth-generation capability for our #warfighters.