Accession Number : ADA314032

Title :   Multipoint Aerial Refueling. A Review and Assessment,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Killingsworth, Paul S.

PDF Url : ADA314032

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : The United States Air Force currently relies principally on boom-and- receptacle technology to conduct aerial-refueling operations for fixed-wing aircraft. With this approach, a single aircraft at a time may be refueled behind a tanker. An alternative concept, called multipoint aerial refueling, uses probe-and-drogue technology to enable more than one fighter aircraft to aerially refuel simultaneously from a tanker. Advocates of a transition to multipoint aerial refueling describe multipoint's benefits as follows: greater flexibility and interoperability of U.S. forces, and the possibility of budgetary savings resulting from the smaller tanker inventory that could be required. Several studies in recent years have addressed the efficacy of multipoint aerial refueling for fighter-employment operations. Not surprisingly, since each study used different analytic approaches and assumptions, the results of the studies have varied. I reviewed five of these studies to understand the reasons for the differences among them and to determine whether any general conclusions could be drawn about the desirability of equipping U.S. tanker aircraft with the multipoint aerial-refueling capability.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *REFUELING PUMPS, *REFUELING IN FLIGHT, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, TRANSFER FUNCTIONS, TANKER AIRCRAFT, INVENTORY, FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, BENEFITS, SAVINGS, AIR FORCE BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Pumps, Filters, Pipes, Tubing, Fittings & Vlvs

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE