F-35 Armament Maintenance and Sustainment Test

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Summary Marvin Test Solutions proactively looked beyond the Systems Design and Development (SDD) phase to create a test set that provides enhanced capabilities for the warfighter. Specifically, MTS designed and deployed an innovative production and depot level test set, the MTS-235A, that is deployed and proven. Moreover, MTS designed the MTS-235A to also serve as an Intermediate level test set if any of the Services, Coalition Partners, or FMS Countries decide to implement more than two levels of maintenance for armament.
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The F-35 Lightning II is the latest 5th generation aircraft and is operating in ever-increasing numbers worldwide. With only a stray voltage / continuity O-Level test set employed in the current sustainment plan, maintainers will be unable to detect several of the MIL-STD-1760 bus failure conditions until actual weapons are located on the aircraft. In addition, they will lack O- and I-level troubleshooting capabilities for the F-35’s sophisticated armament and weapons as there is no other armament test system planned for use outside of the depot since the F-35 program only calls for a two level maintenance concept. Knowing that previous attempts to establish only two levels of armament maintenance for legacy 4th and 5th generation aircraft have not been successful, Marvin Test Solutions invested its own resources to be able to provide war fighting test enhancements if and when needed by F-35 operators.

  • Marvin Test Solutions’ highly successful, ultra-rugged MTS-235A F-35 production and depot level test set is proven and also suitable to deploy as the I-Level Armament Test Set if F-35 users elect to implement three levels of armament maintenance.
  • The MTS-235A Armament Test Set is ready and available today for immediate deployment.
Article Date 7/18/2014 , 9/13/2021
Keywords F-35; flightline; SDD; armament; maintenance; sustainment; test;

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