2014 Report details for project: Lightning II Programme

Project name: Lightning II Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The intent of the JCA (Lightning) programme is to deliver the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the frontline by 2018 (Initial Operational Capability) and to contribute to the UK’s Carrier Strike capability from 2020 (Initial Operational Capability (Maritime)). Lightning will contribute to the Responsive and Adaptive Force and will achieve Full Operational Capability by 2023.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The key deliverable post this delivery confidence assessment has been the Main Gate 4 Business Case which resulted in financial approval to procure aircraft for the first F-35B Sqn in order to meet IOC. The team is confident that the Lightning Programme remains on track to deliver on time and within its approved envelope. The team continues to monitor progress towards the development of a global support solution by the US JSF Programme Office and to mitigate any impact to UK delivery. The present Amber assessment is an accurate reflection of the programme which is still in the System Development and Demonstration phase. The UK is fully engaged with the US JSF Program Office, including numerous embedded UK personnel. As the only Level 1 JSF Partner, the UK is also involved in development test flying alongside the US Services.
Start date: 2001-10-01
End date: 2050-03-31
Schedule text: The Programme remains on track to deliver IOC and subsequently to reach IOC(M) and FOC. The US JSF Program is still in the System Development and Demonstration phase. Consequently, until all development testing has been completed, there remain some risks to the schedule which are out with the direct control of the MOD. Therefore, an Amber assessment is appropriate. The project end date reflects the planned Out of Service Date of 2048 and a 2 year disposal period to 2050.
Baseline: £137.14m
Forecast: £141.89m
Variance: 3.46%
Variance text: N/A
Whole Life Cost: £15,291.29m
WLCost text: The forecast whole life cost estimates represent the estimated position at the end of the previous Annual Budgeting Cycle (ABC 13) and include all costs relating to procurement, equipment support and sustainment (excluding overhead costs such as manpower and fuel), and basing for the Lightning capability. Planned expenditure is continually subject to review as the cost model matures through the System Development and Demonstration phase of the US JSF Programme.
Notes1: Joint Combat Aircraft (Lightning)
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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