Modernizing the Army's Utility Helicopter Fleet to Meet Objective Force Requirements
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLICPOLICY
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The purpose of this MBA Project was to recommend force development solutions in terms of capabilities to meet the United States Armys future utility helicopter requirements. The last thorough review of requirements for the utility helicopter feet of the future was constricted in 2000. This project focuses on changes that have occurred in the Armys since then, and the extent to which various alternative courses of action address those changes. The report begins by briefly considering changes in the Armys operational environment. Next the authors consider what the requirements will be for the utility helicopter as the Army transitions from its current posture to the Objective Force. The study then considers possible materiel alternatives to fulfill the Objective Force requirements. These alternatives are to develop a new aircraft, that an aircraft that is already in production, or to improve the UH-60. The authors conclude that it is technically risky but feasible and cost effective to improve the UH-60 so that it can meet minimum future requirements, while a new aircraft acquisition option offers better performance and suitability at incrementally increasing costs.