The US Air Force says it will consolidate depot maintenance for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah. Currently, depot maintenance for the stealthy fifth-generation fighter is split between Ogden and a Lockheed plant in Palmdale, California.
"The facts show this will be a great efficiency for the F-22 programme and the warfighter," says Lt Gen CD Moore, commander of the USAF lifecycle management center. "It will allow us to more quickly maintain the F-22, keeping this vital front-line fighter ready to meet any challenge, while at the same time allow us to strengthen the robust and capable Palmdale workforce on other critical programmes within the local area."
The USAF says it has conducted a "comprehensive business case analysis" that shows consolidating of all F-22 work at Ogden would substantially reduce costs. The service projects a minimum cost savings of over $16 million per year.
The USAF will implement a 31-month incremental transition plan to complete the F-22 depot maintenance consolidation at Ogden.