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THE COST AND PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS OF RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN THEF-16A/B AIRCRAFT
Abell, John B.; Kirkwood, Thomas F.; Petruschell, Robert L.; Smith, Giles K.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
This Note suggests the magnitude of the effects of policies andstrategies to enhance reliability of Air Force aircraft weapon systems. Usingthe F-16A/B fighter aircraft program as a case study, the authors found that thebenefits of improved reliability include (1) a reduction in base-levelmaintenance manpower requirements, (2) increased capability to generate sorties,(3) lowered costs for procurement and repair of engines and spare parts, and (4)reductions in the resources (both equipment and manpower) required to deploy acombat unit to an overseas site. Keywords: Fighter aircraft, Reliability,Maintainability, Cost Analysis, Air Force Procurement, Performance(Engineering).
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