The US Air Force says it will consolidate depot maintenancefor the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at HillAFB, Utah. Currently, depot maintenance for the stealthy fifth-generationfighter is split between Ogden and a Lockheed plant in Palmdale, California.
“The facts show this will be a great efficiency for theF-22 programme and the warfighter,” says Lt Gen CD Moore, commander of theUSAF lifecycle management center. “It will allow us to more quicklymaintain the F-22, keeping this vital front-line fighter ready to meet anychallenge, while at the same time allow us to strengthen the robust and capablePalmdale workforce on other critical programmes within the local area.”
The USAF says it has conducted a “comprehensive businesscase analysis” that shows consolidating of all F-22 work at Ogden would substantiallyreduce costs. The service projects a minimum cost savings of over $16 millionper year.
The USAF will implement a 31-month incremental transitionplan to complete the F-22 depot maintenance consolidation at Ogden.