Providing Sustainment Training to Increase Mission Readiness

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Unread post13 Sep 2021, 16:40

Providing Sustainment Training to Increase Mission Readiness and Reduce Cost
13 Sep 2021 LM PR

"Before F-35 pilots fly, they spend hours running simulated training exercises and practicing combat strategies on the ground. This dedicated time to extensive training drives sustainment by enabling force readiness.

F-35 pilots at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Miramar, California, can now complete all elements of F-35 pilot training without leaving their site. Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin installed four F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS), allowing pilots to accomplish single aircraft training to four-ship mission rehearsal events.

Fifth generation fighter tactics typically employ four or more aircraft working together to complete coordinated missions. The pilots flying the F-35 at Miramar can now practice those tactics onsite using the four linked simulators.

“Being able to train with pilots in your squadron and execute tactics as a four ship has a ton of advantages,” said Maj. Derek Heinz, VMFA-314 Training Officer and Pilot.

Before the FMS install, the MCAS Miramar team would need to travel to other sites to execute this training, losing valuable time.

The FMS capability provides the Marines with increased efficiency, more time to train and less time on the road. The extra time gives the team more repetitions of mission sets at a significantly reduced cost and gives pilots additional time to train before executing in the F-35 aircraft. More time to train means greater safety when pilots are in the air.

What’s more? Thanks to the recent installation of Distributed Mission Training (DMT), USMC pilots at MCAS Miramar can connect with U.S. Navy aviators at NAS Lemoore to run joint simulated training exercises in a train as you fight environment. This capability links pilots through a distributed network and enables them to conduct simulated training events. This is critical to warfighter readiness as it replicates what the pilots do in live theater.

“In addition to a successful completion of the Miramar DMT Integration activity and the connection with Lemoore, the team also achieved an F-35 six-ship training event,” said F-35 Training & Logistics Program Manager Benito Avendano. “The event marked the first time that an F-35 six-ship training activity was performed, with the two FMS Devices in Lemoore and the four FMS devices in Miramar jointly operating in a training environment on the NCTE network.”

Additionally, while the six-ship event was required for validation, the current capabilities will actually support up to four devices per site for eight-ship training.

Lockheed Martin is already implementing FMS’ and DMT capability at sites across the world. These capabilities are just a few of many that shows how we’re helping the warfighter achieve training effectiveness. For more information, visit our Training, Logistics & Sustainment capabilities site. You can also join our team to create innovative and game-changing sustainment solutions that impact the F-35 and beyond."

Source: https://www.f35.com/f35/news-and-featur ... ornia.html

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Unread post13 Sep 2021, 18:24

"Before F-35 pilots fly, they spend hours running simulated training exercises and practicing combat strategies on the ground. This dedicated time to extensive training drives sustainment by enabling force readiness.
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Stupid question about sustainment costs: Does the US military take a flying unit and divide ALL COSTS associated with that flying unit by hours flown to derive the CPFH for the aircraft in that squadron / wing? Similarly, do they divide ALL COSTS associated with that flying unit by number of tails to calculate the cost per tail per year?

If so, then if aircraft fly fewer hours per year, but costs remain high, the CPFH will jump. CPTPY would mainly be impacted by total costs, assuming the number of tails remains the same.

Simulator use would seem to help drive down sustainment costs, BUT if the simulators are used a ton, if CPFH could go up if the simulators were billed by the hour. If simulators are a fixed price, then they will drive down CPFH.

Also, if a flying unit suffers from bloat, because they are the hot ticket in town and people tend to migrate to which programs are hot or have money... and people costs balloon, but flying hours remain constant or go down with increased sim use, then CPFH would trend upward. CPTPY would go up if tails remain the same, but personnel costs balloon.
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