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F-35 sustainment

5th Generation Fighter

The 5th generation fighter is revolutionary and the program to sustain it brings 21st-century support to a new level.

F-35 Sustainment integrates four key elements.

  • Highly supportable aircraft – with Prognostics and Health Management
  • Advanced training systems – both aircraft-embedded and ground training
  • Common support equipment – for production, manufacture and sustainment
  • Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) – a single, secure information environment

F-35 Sustainment ushers in a new era to the battlespace.

  • Supports pilots throughout their missions
  • Readies maintenance personnel and parts before the aircraft arrives
  • Minimizes downtime and increases efficiency
  • Ensures aircraft are mission ready – whenever, wherever

F-35 Sustainment provides a new world of benefits to the F-35 user.

  • Greater affordability – from efficiencies in support and continuous improvements
  • Increased readiness and reliability – with contractor performance incentive arrangements
  • Higher performance and operational availability

F-35 Sustainment is one integrated system – one program, one training/test system, one engineering manufacturer, one global supply chain – one innovative and agile sustainment system for F-35 life-cycle support.


Highly Supportable Aircraft
50% less maintenance man-hours per flight hour than legacy aircraft

Advanced Training Systems
30% less training life-cycle costs than legacy aircraft training

Common Support Equipment
60% less squadron support equipment than typical legacy aircraft

Autonomic Logistics
Information System

Information integrator of all logistics, engineering, supply and transportation for the F-35