A cost-effectiveness study of the use of vertical or short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) aircraft for combat missions. VSTOL are compared with conventional (CTOL) aircraft as tactical fighters in a future NATO environment. The conditions under which VSTOL and CTOL aircraft can be considered competitive systems are carefully described. A model yielding the probability of completing n successive missions is used as a measure of combat effectiveness. A cost model reflects the resource impact of the same variables or alternatives that affect the measure of effectiveness. This integrated format is a necessary condition for the selection of least-cost designs capable of providing a given level of mission performance. 31 pp. Ref.
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