Army Aviation Maintainability Enhancement Analysis: A Field Survey of the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter.
ARMY RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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Army aviation maintenance operations directly contribute to success on the battlefield by ensuring that aviation systems are mission ready and therefore capable of meeting the operational needs of the commander. Failure to maintain aviation systems in a timely manner removes assets from the hands of the user and can impact the outcome of the battle. Aviation systems that are designed for quick, effective, and safe maintenance operations not only contribute to the battle but also reduce operation and sustainment costs. This is accomplished by minimizing manpower and training costs and by reducing the potential for maintainer injury and damage to equipment. Additionally, logistics resources such as tools, test equipment, and supply parts are used more effectively when aviation systems have been designed for effective maintainability. An important step in the process of developing highly maintainable and cost-effective systems is the identification of maintainability shortfalls of fielded aviation systems. These shortfalls should address problems that maintainers experience while performing maintenance on fielded systems and should result in lessons learned that can be applied to the development of fliture aviation systems as well as modifications of existing systems. The purpose of this research effort was to identify maintainability shortfalls of the AH-64 in order to develop a set of lessons learned that can be applied to other fielded and developmental aviation systems. This report contains the results of that effort.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies