Supporting Expeditionary Aerospace Forces: Expanded Analysis of Lantirn Options
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report examines alternative Low Altitude Navigation Targeting Infrared for Night LANTIRN intermediate maintenance operations and explores the implications of support equipment investments in conjunction with various logistics concepts. This study builds on a series of RAND research projects on the evolving ACS system and considers the implications of decisions based on capabilities rather than costs. We address recurring labor and transportation costs in- vestment costs associated with the options assessed were not avail- able at the time of this study. The LANTIRN system consists of two pods navigation and targeting employed by F-16s and F-15Es. The alternative support structure options range from the current decentralized practice of deploying intermediate maintenance with the fighting units to a network of consolidated support locations or even a single location. Support equipment upgrades, policies, and capabilities combine with these structure options to form a rich array of possibilities from which the Air Force can choose the best ACS system to meet uncertain scenarios. Our goal is to highlight the key issues affecting these alternatives and to illustrate some of the tradeoffs the Air Force faces in making these decisions.
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