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Air Force Accelerating F-35 Flight, Maintenance Planning Process With New App

A software development team within the U.S. Air Force has developed an application designed to accelerate the process of planning the weekly maintenance and flight schedule for F-35 fighter jets, Defense News reported Wednesday. The service’s Kessel Run team built the Kronos app as part of the Mad Hatter program, which launched in 2018 to address the logistics issues facing F-35 pilots and maintainers.

The Kessel Run team also partnered with developers from Lockheed Martin, Pivotal Software and the Blended Operational Lightning Technician team at Nellis Air Force Base to develop Kronos, which is set to launch in March. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the service expects the Kronos app to result in updates to the Autonomic Logistics Information System.

“The goal [of Mad Hatter] is not simply to fix ALIS within the constraints that define it. It is to make the operator — the maintainer — more efficient, to make their user experience more pleasant,” Roper said.

Roper, a 2019 Wash100 winner, noted the BOLT team will test Kronos and provide feedback to the Mad Hatter team once the app’s first iteration has been deployed.

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