The Effects of Advanced Materials on Airframe Operating and Support Costs
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Advanced materials particularly polymer composites and titanium are increasingly being used in the airframes of high-performance military aircraft. With that in mind, this study concentrates on answering a fundamental question Do advanced airframe materials cost more to maintain than aluminum, which has historically been the most common material used in airframe structures Although considerable effort has been devoted to understanding the acquisition costs of advanced materials, very little is known about their operating and support OS costs after an aircraft is fielded and fully operational. In an effort to gain a better understanding of advanced-material OS costs, we produced a methodology for forecasting those costs, which we present in this documented briefing.
- Economics and Cost Analysis