28 Oct '15, 1pm

Commonality is key to controlling FVL costs, officials say

Commonality is key to controlling FVL costs, officials say

The FVL programme can save on maintenance costs by using common systems Common cockpits and crew stations would allow pilots and mechanics to work across fleets A planned multi-service Pentagon helicopter fleet must feature common components across types in order to keep the cost of maintenance and operations under control, government and industry officials said on 22 July. James Kelly, a Department of Defense acquisition specialist who leads the department's logistics team for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme, said "huge" cost reductions could be derived from commonality on the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme because maintenance costs would be shared across the services. "There's a tremendous amount of potential here to reduce operating costs on future systems," Kelly said during a briefing at the Center for Strategic and Internati...

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