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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Varley Group
 
 
Varley Ground to develop new portable ground facilities for USAF F-35 program
 
US-based Varley USA, announced its parent company, Varley Group, is partnering with Lockheed Martin to design and develop secure, portable ground facilities for US Air Force personnel deployed overseas with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The award, worth $37.5 million dollars will run through 2019.
     
An F-35A Lightning II parks for the night under the sunshades at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier)
     
The deployable ground facilities can expand to three times the size of a shipping container and will be capable of supporting F-35 missions by housing the aircraft’s support system – the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) – and house all support personnel for the program. The F-35’s ALIS provides the off-board information system hardware, software and data that performs maintenance management; fault diagnostic; supply support; mission planning; and training management.

These new, portable cabins will be a vital part to F-35 operational capability and will ensure our allies’ top-secret systems and personnel who support these airframes will be securely housed and protected,” said Matt Hederstrom, CEO of Varley USA. “Once we have shown success with the Australian F-35 program, we expect to see demand takeoff for our portable facilities in the U.S. and around the world.

The portable cabins will also be capable of holding the off-board system that will be used across the F-35A, F/A-18F Super Hornet, E/A-18 Growler and P-8 Poseidon airframes.