F-35A OBISC opened at RAAF Williamtown
The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter facilities have opened at RAAF Base Williamtown, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 5 July.
The Off Board Information Systems Centre (OBISC), which has been dubbed the ‘nerve centre’ for the aircraft, represents $16 million of the $770 million of works currently under way at the base.
The centre will host the ground-based, off board, F-35A Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). ALIS will be used to support mission planning, manage air and ground crew training, manage everyday maintenance activities and provide logistical support to the aircraft and associated systems.
ALIS will provide the information system hardware, software and data for maintenance management, fault diagnostics, supply support, mission planning and training management across the F-35A weapon system.
The RAAF's first F-35A will arrive in 2018.
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