A Comparative Evaluation of the Reliability Improvement in Line Replaceable Units Warranted under the F-16 Reliability Improvement Warranty.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTIC S
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This thesis examined the effects a reliability improvement warranty RIW had on the actual operational reliability of the warranted avionics equipment. To accomplish this, the most comprehensive DOD application of RIW to date, the F-16 RIW, was investigated. This study was designed to answer the question of whether or not a warranted weapons system was significantly more reliable than it would have been without the warranty. Specifically, the observed mean flight hours between failures MFHBFs and the observed reliability growths of the warranted F-16 equipment were compared to those of functionally similar non-warranted F-15 equipment. Also, the reliability growth of the F-16 warranted equipment was compared to that of other non-warranted F-16 equipment. The AMSAA Reliability Growth Model was used as a basis for the reliability growth analyses. Comparable life cycle time periods for each aircraft were studied, using AFM 66-1 D056 failure and flight time data. The results of the investigation indicated that, in general, the observed MFHBFs of the F-16 warranted equipment were statistically greater than the MFHBFs of the equivalent F-15 equipment. The same could not be concluded for the reliability growths of the F-16 and equivalent F-15 equipment. However, the reliability growth of the warranted F-16 equipment was found to be statistically greater than the reliability growth of the non-warranted F-16 equipment. Keywords Air Force Planning. Author
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Administration and Management