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What activities are common between repair and FACO for the JSF? Would a complete FACO line require additional investment beyond that required for MR&U? How would servicing and assembling a mix of JSF variants affect the required investment? Examine Potential UK Facilities for JSF FACO RAND Europe surveyed UK private and government-owned facilities to assess their capabilities for FACO. The four sites studied were suggested by the MOD and include BAE SYSTEMS, DARA, Marshall Aerospace, and Rolls-Royce.

16 Assembling and Supporting the JSF in the United Kingdom • remote input/outputs—fuel, hydraulics, • fuel/ground refuel receptacle operation, • fuel/aerial refuel receptacle fuel functioning, • OBIGGS (On-Board Inert Gas–Generating System) testing, • escape system checkout, • survival kit/seawars system checkout, • green engine run (auxiliary power unit, environmental control systems, engine), • engine starter/general checkout, • bleed air/emergency power mode, integrated power package checkout, • Environmental Control System (ECS) ground test, • cabin pressure checkout, • On-Board Oxygen-Generating System (OBOGS) checkout, • green engine run (preflight and mechanical), • Crash-Survivable Functional Data Recorder download/clear, • Prognostic Health Management checkout, • flight readiness checkout, • company functional check flights numbers 1 and 2, and • delivery to the customer.

For some early modifications/upgrades, a field team dispatched from Lockheed Martin would probably install the modified equipment into JSFs at opera­ tional bases. So the question might be asked, what would drive the UK to establish an in-country airframe depot maintenance capabil­ ity? There are several potential reasons. First, the MOD might want to have its own capability to repair battle­ damaged or crash-damaged aircraft that require extensive airframe repairs beyond the capability or practicality of base-level organisa­ tions and facilities.

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