2018 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: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
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: Delivery confidence within the Lightning Programme remains AMBER/RED following a downgrade by the SRO in the last quarter to reflect the significant challenges that exist within a taut schedule. Following significant cross-party effort, progress has been made around UK weapons integration to deliver Initial Operating Capability (IOC). Similarly, although representative simulator training remains as a key risk, the OEM are proposing mitigations which will provide the necessary training to our pilots. Further pressure remains in our Operational Test area, where there is a continued need to ensure that our Test teams have appropriate early access to capabilities; together with DE&S DT Lead, the Team continues to successfully progress these issues with US authorities. The continued uplift of DE&S personnel into the DT is very positive, and, whilst it will take some time to ensure they are fully trained and familiar with this complex programme, will offer enhanced capacity and strategic depth for the UK F-35 enterprise.
Start date: 2001-10-01
End date: 2035-03-31
Schedule text: The schedule for the UK F-35 Programme is taut, but remains on track to deliver UK IOC by Dec 2018, and also remains on track to deliver IOC-Maritime and Full Operating Capability.
Baseline: £935.45m
Forecast: £903.35m
Variance: -3.00%
Variance text: Despite exchange rate adjustments now being delegated down for absorption in the Programme, the variance in budget remains within tolerance at less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £10,109.38m
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. DIO Infrastructure. As the Programme moves through LRIPs, URF costs continue to see a reduction in line with the Cost Learner Curve.
Notes1: Lightning Programme
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Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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