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First, the MOD might want to have its own capability to repair battle damaged or crash-damaged aircraft that require extensive airframe repairs beyond the capability or practicality of base-level organisa tions and facilities. There is a risk in relying on another nation’s repair capability, especially if the nation where the repair capability is located might refuse to repair aircraft if it disagreed with the mili tary action that caused the damage. Second, the MOD might want to have the capability to install aircraft modification kits as the JSF evolves and new threats and operational requirements emerge.
1. By way of comparison, Lockheed Martin’s planned FACO cycle time for the 257th JSF aircraft was expected to be half that of the F-16, an aircraft that is much less complex than the JSF. 8 FACO activities make up a relatively small portion of the total aircraft cost. Lockheed Martin estimated that the JSF FACO cost (as of the October 2001 design) should be about 2 percent of unit recurring fly away5 (URF) cost. Other airframe work totalled 35 percent of costs, propulsion 19 percent, and other nonairframe items totalled 44 per cent of URF costs.
Given the lower rate of UK production, docking stations similar to that used for the Typhoon production would be a reason able alternative for the JSF. These stations cost on the order of £500,000 each, and the UK might need about two for the baseline FACO of only 150 aircraft, without additional FACO or MR&U. Other costs might be reduced, but we do not have the detail required to adjust the facilities costs to incorporate a change in production methodology. 6 Disassembly tools Disassembled parts storage Paint removal Composite repair Manufacturing space Paint facility Test equipment Mate & align toolsa STOVL hover pit Facilities/equipment used for MR&U (not discretely estimated) Facilities/equipment used for both FACO and MR&U (estimated in model) a Only needed for heavy MR&U.