MC80: Quantifying the Effect of Fleet Health on Sortie Execution in the F-16 Fleet
Technical Report,01 Oct 2018,01 Mar 2020
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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By order of the Secretary of Defense, all of the US Air Forces F-16 units were tasked to improve their fleet health to a Mission Capability MC rate of 80 percent, as part of a Department of Defense-wide push to make its Critical Aviation Platforms, and the units that employ them, more ready and lethal.This study uses historical fleet health and sortie execution data captured from LIMS-EV to create a multiple regression model that quantifies the value of increased fleet health, defined as either MC rate or Aircraft Availability AA rate, in terms of increasing sortie output. It also uses forecasted nearfuturesortie demand to assess the utility of the 80 percent MC rate standard in terms of achieving desired sortie execution levels. This research concludes that both AA rate and MC rate correlate with increased aircraft utilization, and that an increase in either fleet health metric correlates to an increased annual utilization of roughly 5 sorties per aircraft. It also identifies AA rate as a more significant input to sortie execution than MC rate is, and suggests that an AA rate standard of 71percent is most appropriate for achieving the aircraft utilization levels needed to satisfy requirements.