2019 Report details for project: Lightning II Programme

Project name Lightning II Programme - there are 9 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2019 (data is from September 2018)
Category Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The Lighting Programme will deliver a true multi-role, carrier-capable strike asset to be operated jointly by the RAF and RN, which will provide the UK with a survivable, sustainable, expeditionary, 5th Generation air capability to contribute to the widest possible range of operations.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Red
DCA text: Significant effort has been undertaken with the UK based Lighting Delivery Team and across the wider F-35 enterprise in order to address the key areas of concern in the run up to declaring an Initial Operating Capability (IOC). The UK took delivery of its 16th Lightning aircraft in September, 9 aircraft are now based at RAF Marham and we have commissioned our Integrated Training Centre (ITC). Further progress has been made in the commissioning and testing of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) at RAF Marham. The recent opening of the ITC and use of Full Mission Simulators for Pilot training is a welcome achievement. Challenges around delivery of required UK weapons clearance and operational test data to provide evidential requirements to support the acceptance case for IOC (Initial Operating Capacity) have been mitigated and have now met overall requirements to support IOC . As per past reports pressure due to lack of personnel within the Lightning Delivery Team remain extant although work continues to address through recruitment and re-organisation. Substantial progress has been made and the expectation is that we are moving towards an AMBER status for the next reporting period.
Start date 2001-10-01
End date 2035-03-31
Schedule text Despite challenges the Lightning Programme remains on schedule to meet all major Programme Milestones.
Baseline £803.33m
Forecast £786.50m
Variance -2.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost £10,475.19m
WLCost text: The forecast whole life costs continue to deliver the following: a. Production of main phase of approved a/c buy due to be completed in 2024 (Includes Aircraft and Equipment procurement). b. Through life capability development and obsolescence management. c. Delivery of unique sovereignty capabilities. d. UK contribution to production, sustainment & follow-on development. e. UK development & integration (including Ship, Weapons and Main Operating Base). f. UK participation in Initial Operational Test & Evaluation g. Through-life programme sustainment h. Defence Infrastructure Organisation Infrastructure.
Notes1: Lightning Programme
Sourcefile IPA_2019.csv

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