The Ministry of Defence (MOD) today launched a new aircraft support programme for its Joint Force Harrier Fleet at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland that will reduce costs by £44 million over four years and significantly improve aircraft availability to the Front Line.
The MOD has replaced four traditional lines of maintenance with two simplified lines, Forward (Flying Squadrons) and Depth (all other maintenance) support. Depth support and capability integration work designated 'JUMP' (Joint Upgrade and Maintenance Programme), is centered at its Main Operating Base at RAF Cottesmore.
Harrier Pulse-Line maintenance successfully moves Harrier GR7 aircraft in a 10-day ’pulse,’ through packaged maintenance activities, similar to industrial car plant manufacturing processes. Under this approach essential maintenance will be combined with upgrading the aircraft to the GR9 standard, which will result in the Harrier remaining in service until the arrival of the Future Joint Combat Aircraft in the next decade.
Speaking at RAF Cottesmore, Chief of Defence Logistics, General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue, said:
"Project JUMP is a most impressive success story with a commitment to delivery savings of some £44 million over the next four years. Not only is it an important milestone on the road to ensuring aircraft operational availability for RAF Strike Command, but is also recognition of a truly new way of working jointly with BAE Systems, and much credit must be given to everyone involved with this project, especially the workforce at RAF Cottesmore."
Ian King Group Managing Director for BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support and Land Systems Group described the new facility as:
“a significant step forward in the provision of partnered support which will enable the Harrier support team to optimise the availability of the aircraft to the front line, whilst effectively meeting the RAF’s capability requirements. The team has also operated within prudent budgetary control.”
In praising the efforts of the team in establishing the pulse-line Ian commented:
“It is only through the willingness of all team members from Strike Command, Defence Logistics Organisation and BAE Systems to share their knowledge, integrate their capabilities and do things differently that we have achieved such an optimised and efficient support solution.”
--The first Harrier GR7 aircraft to begin its upgrade to GR9 standard, entered the Harrier Pulse Line (HPL) at RAF Cottesmore on 18 November 2004. The Joint Upgrade and Maintenance Programme (JUMP) will upgrade 60 GRMK7 and 10 TMK10 aircraft to the GRMK9 and TMK12 standards respectively, with work being completed by the end of 2008.Photos available on request.
--The Harrier GRMK9 programme combines capability integration, and obsolescence management, which will upgrade the Harrier GRMK7 weapons systems and enable the use of new generation Smart weapons such as the all weather Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb (PGB) and Brimstone missile. Other capability integration improvements include:
-Successor Identification Friend or Foe (SIFF)
-A Rangeless Airborne Instrumentation and Debriefing System (RAIDS)
-A Ground Proximity Warning Systems (GPWS)
-A Secure Communications System
-A new Stores Management System.
About the Defence Logistics Organisation
With approximately 26,000 people, the DLO is the largest single organisation within MOD and provides integrated logistic support and information services to all three Armed Services: RAF, Royal Navy and Army.
BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately £12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.
Front-Line Benefits from MoD's New Harrier Support Programme