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F-35 JPO Assigns Software Integration Functions to Air Force, Navy Organizations

The F-35 Joint Program Office has assigned a total of 16 software integration functions to the Air Force Sustainment Center and the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday its 402nd Software Maintenance Group at Robins Air Force Base and the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB will offer software sustainment services in support of the F-35 aircraft.

Vice Adm. Mat Winter, director of the Joint Strike Fighter program, also directed the Naval Air Systems Command and Air Force Materiel Command to plan activation of depots where both commands will help sustain F-35 software.

JPO asked AFMC and NAVAIR sustainment units along with their industry partners to submit initial implementation plans to the office within 180 days.

Winter said the plans must cover designations for specific centers of industrial and technical excellence as well as requirements for schedule and resource requirements.

The conventional takeoff-and-landing variant of the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft achieved an initial operating capability in August 2016.

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