Accession Number : ADA262393


Title :   Theater Airlifter Survivability on the Ground


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Silver, Michael A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262393.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 150


Abstract : Airlifter attrition can severely decrease the throughput of cargo during extended airlift operations. Much work has been done to enhance the tactical airlifter survivability in the air but little study has gone into airlifter survivability on the ground. This thesis develops a method to measure the threat to parked aircraft from ground weapons. Specific scenarios cover airlifter mobility on the ground, time to off-load cargo, short-field takeoff capability and attack by infantry weapons. A weapon is examined at each of several firing ranges to target. The threat to the aircraft is measured as the probability that the aircraft is hit. Data on accuracy and lethality comes from several U.S. Army sources. Results of the research is used to evaluate several ideas currently being studied to improve airlifter survivability. Also, information is presented regarding the factors having the greatest impact on ground survivability.


Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , SCENARIOS , MOBILITY , AIRCRAFT , IMPACT , SURVIVABILITY , THREATS , INFANTRY , WEAPON SYSTEMS , PROBABILITY , ATTRITION , ATTACK , ACCURACY , THESES , TARGETS , TIME , CARGO , TAKEOFF , THROUGHPUT , LETHALITY , ARMY


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE