October 3, 2008 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Air Force and Navy officials in Washington on Tuesday announced an agreement on the locations of depot repair workloads for the F-35 Lightning II.
The Joint Strike Fighter airframe maintenance, which will be up and running in 2012, will be located at the Fleet Readiness Center-East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. This includes associated doors, panels, covers and control surfaces.
Engine maintenance, which will also stand up in 2012, will be at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB
, Okla. A follow-on engine standup in 2014 will be at the Fleet Readiness Center-Southeast at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
The engine lift system, which will be used in the Marine Corps variant aircraft will be maintained beginning in 2014 at the Fleet Readiness Center East-MCAS Cherry Point.
The two branches of the military are still deciding where to maintain software and some avionics systems.