The Cost and Performance Implications of Reliability Improvements in the F-16A/B Aircraft

by John Abell, T. F. Kirkwood, Robert Petruschell, Giles K. Smith

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This Note suggests the magnitude of the effects of policies and strategies to enhance reliability of Air Force aircraft weapon systems. Using the F-16A/B fighter aircraft program as a case study, the authors found that the benefits of improved reliability include (1) a reduction in base-level maintenance 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 a combat unit to an overseas site.

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