Accession Number : ADA186465

Title :   Supportability in Aircraft Systems through Technology and Acquisition Strategy Applications.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Haley, Debra L

PDF Url : ADA186465

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : The importance of high reliability systems in the national defense strategy of 'force multiplier' is paramount. Currently, the Air Force has adopted Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) 2000 as a management policy to achieve high reliabilities. However, there are few methods being implemented which can improve the measures of reliability. One method used with success by satellite systems is the use of expensive, but highly reliable class S electronic parts as opposed to the class B parts used in avionics and ground electronic systems. A method for determining the improvement of systems' Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) was developed. Additionally, the impact of improved system MTBF along with higher acquisition costs as a result of using class S parts was analyzed in a life cycle cost model. Results obtained in this research indicate that class S parts have the potential of significantly increase MTBF while actually lowering life cycle costs. Recommendations for follow-on research are given. Keywords: Logistics support; Technology transfer; Maintainability; Military aircraft. (Theses)

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, ACQUISITION, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, AVIONICS, COST MODELS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, HIGH COSTS, HIGH RELIABILITY, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, MAINTAINABILITY, MANAGEMENT, MEAN, NATIONAL DEFENSE, PARTS, POLICIES, RELIABILITY, STRATEGY, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, TIME, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, THESES

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE