In Nevatim AFB, the preparations for the arrival of the "Adir"(F-35I) are in full swing, with the current most significant development being the arrival of the tools and equipment required in order to maintain the unique aircraft. The 60 maintenance servicemen and women are expected to complete their conversion training and return from the USA by the end of the month.
By the end of the month, the maintenance personnel sent to the USA for conversion training in preparation for the F-35I expected to return to Israel. Upon their arrival, they will be greeted by fully equipped HAS (Hardened Aircraft Shelters) and sheds.
Simultaneously, the preparations continue: the work on aircrew simulator infrastructure and “Adir” computer systems was recently completed. In addition, an “Adir” engine was brought to Israel in order to provide the responsible maintenance personnel with practical training.
As a part of the integration process, thousands of new tools unique to the aircraft were purchased from “Lockheed Martin”. Over the past month, about 9,000 tools have arrived and have been dispersed throughout the different maintenance units in Nevatim AFB. Besides the tools, additional instruments have arrived such as ground equipment, maintenance support equipment and test equipment which will all support the jet’s operational activity.
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Tool management will be very different under the wings of the “Adir”: if until now technicians used to walk up to their aircraft with a toolbox in hand, the “Adir” technicians will have "smart tool" carts at their disposal which will assist in safety supervision. In addition, the acquisition of a machine which provides parts such as screws has been approved in order to reduce the risk of forgetting parts in the aircraft.
“We are bringing something new to the IAF's maintenance division. The world of tool and equipment management will change for good”, said Maj. Shahar Cooperberg. “At the end of the day, the innovations are made in order to improve the technicians’ maintenance abilities, provide them with a comfortable work area and advanced technology and we get better supervision over the maintenance process in order to adapt the IAF’s maintenance division to the fifth generation”.