Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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Objective We performed an evaluation of the F-35 Lightning II Program F-35 Program by conducting a series of quality assurance assessments of the Joint Program Office, prime contractor, and major subcontractors. We assessed conformity to the contractually required Aerospace Standard AS9100, Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations, contractual quality assurance clauses, and internal quality assurance processes and procedures for the following six contractors Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas Prime Contractor and Aircraft Integrator Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, El Segundo and Palmdale, California Center Fuselage Integrator BAE Systems, Samlesbury, United Kingdom Aft Fuselage Integrator L-3 Display Systems, Alpharetta, Georgia Panoramic Cockpit Display System Honeywell Aerospace, Yeovil, United Kingdom On-Board Oxygen Generation System and United Technologies Corporation, Aerospace Systems, Fort Worth, Texas, and Independence, Ohio Landing Gear System. Findings The F-35 Program did not sufficiently implement or flow down technical and quality management system requirements to prevent the fielding of nonconforming hardware and software. This could adversely affect aircraft performance, reliability, maintainability, and ultimately program cost. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Lockheed Martin and its subcontractors did not follow disciplined AS9100 Quality Management System practices, as evidenced by 363 findings, which contained 719 issues.
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