Accession Number : ADA134570

Title :   The Impact of Tanker Support on Selection of Long-Range Combat Aircraft Size.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Shaver,R D ; Massey,H G ; Barbour,A A ; Birkler,J L

PDF Url : ADA134570

Report Date : Sep 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : This note addresses the problem of long-range combat aircraft (LRCA) size selection and the impact of tanker support. It examines two possible LRCA missions (the canonical SIOP requirement and the use of LRCAs for world wide force employment (WWFE) with nonnuclear ordnance) and airframe designs. Section II discusses the range/payload equations (with and without tankers) appropriate for SIOP-like missions. Section III describes the range shortfalls for the SIOP mission given specific airframe designs and mission-specific payload weights. Section IV translates these designs into total life-cycle costs, still concentrating on the SIOP-like mission requirements. That section presents the observations about preferred sizes for LRCA if the SIOP were the only mission to be considered. Finally, Section V discusses the impact of the WWFE mission on the above observations. The appendix presents details of the cost estimates upon which the cost estimating relationships used for the analysis were based. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Jet bombers, *Life cycle costs, Logistics support, Long range(Distance), Cost estimates, Sizes(Dimensions), Selection, Airframes, Payload, Mission profiles, Tanker aircraft, Refueling in flight, Cost effectiveness, Decision making

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Transport Aircraft
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE