BAE Systems Sustainment Support for F-35 EW System
BAE Systems has received a five-year contract from Lockheed Martin, valued at $93 million (€78.6 million), to provide critical sustainment support for the F-35’s AN/ASQ-239 EW countermeasures system, ensuring mission readiness for the growing global fleet.
“We have a strong track record of sustaining electronic warfare systems to support our customers’ mission readiness,” commented Rob Dykema, F-35 Sustainment Program Director at BAE Systems. “This contract lays critical sustainment groundwork, establishing and optimizing the infrastructure to support the aircraft.”
Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide software maintenance, depot test equipment support, logistics analysis, obsolescence monitoring, technical field support, and reachback support for the F-35 US Reprogramming Laboratory.
The contract complements the BAE Systems F-35 performance-based logistics (PBL) programme, through which the company ensures EW material availability. The company has demonstrated a 60% improvement in supply support under the EW PBL, delivering better than 85% EW material availability to the F-35 enterprise, with reduced cost per flight hour, using a cost-effective, outcome-based support strategy.