Identifying Aircraft and Personnel Needs to Meet On-station Patrol Requirements
Defence Research and Development Canada -Centre for Operational Research and Analysis Ottawa, ON Canada
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Determining the required number of aircraft and personnel to maintain a given presence on station is a common and important problem in military contexts. In this paper, the proposed approach consists of finding schedules for multiple aircraft that meet the on-station requirement while minimizing the number of aircraft and crews required. Specifically, after discussing the schedule for a single aircraft, an integer program for the multiple aircraft case is formulated and presented. To capture the effect of unplanned maintenance on the overall number of required aircraft, a parameterized serviceability model is also introduced. As illustrated by a case study, this easy to implement methodology is able to provide quick and insightful results to the decision makers.