Facilities and Facility support, includes considerations necessary to establish Permanent and semi-permanent capital works, Associated machinery and Plant to operate and support a materiel system throughout its life cycle.

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Integrated Logistics Support Services

The ten ILS elements

The ten ILS elements


The ten areas of ILS:

Why is ILS Important to Defence ?
For Defence, it’s ensuring that:

  •  we provide the optimum Mission System to the user
  •  it’s provided to:
    •  the right person
    •  at the right place
    •  at the right time
  •  deliver it in best possible condition with the ability to fulfil its designed mission role under the stated operational conditions as per it’s mission profile.

Why is ILS Important to the Contractor / Service Provider ?
Knowing and understanding the ILS requirements permits the contractor to deliver what Defence needs to:

  •  accurately acquire and sustain the Materiel System through life at the greatest Operational Availability (Ao) for the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to Defence and the Tax payer.

To do this in a cost effective manner, the contractor must be able to deliver equipment and supporting documentation:

  •  without duplication of effort or continuous rework
  •  delivering best ILS practice and product to Defence thereby enabling them to be viewed by Defence as a preferred tenderer for future work (Scorecard), and
  •  be internationally competitive in the Defence arena

The most attractive part for the contractors:

  •  Sustainment activities or Through Life Support (TLS) contracts for Defence materiel are often more lucrative than the supply of the original equipment
  •  TLS of the Mission System and many of the Support Systems are now being managed and maintained by the OEM.
  •  Generally, 20% to 30% of funds are spent in Acquisition and 70% to 80% spent in Sustainment.

How do you do ILS ?
You don’t “DO” ILS; you perform Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) tasks that allows you to achieve the ILS outcomes.
Those LSA Disciplines include:

  •  Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM)
  •  Failure Modes, Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA) (done during design)
  •  Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA) (done after design to determine maintenance tasks)
  •  Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
  •  Level Of Repair Analysis (LORA)
  •  Verification and Validation (V&V)
  •  Life Cycle Costing Analysis (LCCA)

So what is Logistics Support Analysis (LSA)?

LSA is a selected group of analytical techniques.
It is conducted continually throughout the Materiel Life Cycle (MLC).
It provides the data to support improvements to the efficiency of the Materiel System.
All data from the analysis is stored in the Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR).

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Facility Support

Facilities includes considerations necessary to establish:

  •  Permanent and semi-permanent capital works
  •  Associated machinery and
  •  Plant to operate and support a materiel system throughout its life cycle

In Service Facility management includes:

  •  Ongoing capital works (LOT of capability)
  •  Training, storage and maintenance facilities
  •  Facilities upgrades
  •  Forecasting and scheduling resources and construction

Facilities support consists of Garaging Arrangements, Workshop Facilities, Operational Support Facilities and Training Facilities:

  • Garaging Arrangements. Vehicles may be garaged in extant vehicle hangar facilities. These generally consist of protection from rain and shade and may include open mesh cages for equipment storage and standard 240v power.
    Other locations may utilise vehicle hangars. Garaging for vehicles whilst deployed may be non-existent or ad-hoc.
  • Workshop Facilities. Workshop facilities may be of various designs and ages. The facility generally has the tooling and sufficient fixed and portable MHE to support vehicles of similar size, not including S&TE.
  • Operational Support Facilities. Whilst not deployed, vehicles will generally have access to fuel and oil in operational support facilities.
  • Training Facilities. Training facilities may include classrooms and practical practise areas. Classrooms may be affected should large or operational training aids be required. This would be examined following identification of the need for the specific aid.