F-35 Corrosion Program
JOINT PEO (STRIKE FIGHTER PROGRAM OFFICE) EGLIN AFB FL
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Background HASC directed OSD Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight to conduct an evaluation of the F-35. Corrosion Evaluation Team CET assembled. Conducted site reviews at JPO and 5 contractor facilities. Similar reviews were also conducted at F-22 sites. CET findings reported back to the HASC. Drawn extensively from F-22 lessons learned. F-35 JPO response provided as an attachment to the report. Summary The F-35 has a comprehensive corrosion prevention program. Leveraged legacy aircraft design lessons learned. Integrated the best processes from Navy and Air Force standards. Focused on early assessment of materials in an operational environment. Maintains active engagement in technology development communities. The Summer 2010 Technical Baseline Review validated approach. No significant gaps in design or testing were identified. Corrosion is always a systems engineering trade. Suggests a corrosion-proof aircraft is unlikely. Resulting corrosion-resistant design improved over legacy LO aircraft. The CET required the JPO to broadly reviewdefend prior decisions. Technical consensus of findings did not occur in all cases.
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