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TIRED TITANIUM: A FATIGUE-BASED APPROACH TO AIRCRAFT INVENTORY MANAGEMENT AND ACQUISITION PLANNING

Chad Meyerhoefer and Robert Trost ()

Defence and Peace Economics, 2006, vol. 17, issue 1, 1-21

Abstract: Airframe fatigue has emerged as a primary determinant of tactical aircraft service life. To investigate the impact of various operational scenarios on airframe fatigue and aircraft stocks, we develop an econometric model of fatigue and arrest landing accumulation for US Naval aircraft. Model forecasts suggest that fatigue-related attrition threatens to reduce inventories below the level needed to meet operational commitments before planned replacements are available. Changes to training regimes could mitigate the shortfall, but it is likely that acquisition schedules will have to be accelerated, or current service life extension programs expanded to maintain inventories in the future.

Keywords: Airframe fatigue; Aircraft procurement; Acquisition planning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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