Cost Benefit and Capability Analysis of Sea-Base Connectors
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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In this thesis a cost benefit and capability analysis is conducted on a number of Sea-Base connectors. In conducting this analysis the average yearly Operating and Sustainment OS cost of the connectors studied is used along with specific performance data such as maximum payload in tons, maximum speed in knots when loaded to maximum payload, and maximum range in nautical miles when operated at maximum payload and maximum speed to obtain a number of comparative metrics. These metrics include, but are not limited to tons per hour tph, cost per ton ton and cost per ton per nautical mile ton-NM. A number of air and surface connectors were considered consisting of both legacy platforms in use today as well a number of future concept platforms currently being developed. The surface connectors considered are the Landing Craft Air Cushion LCAC, the Ship-to-Shore Connector SSC, Joint High-Speed Vessel JHSV, Landing Craft Utility Replacement LCUR and the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector UHAC. The air connectors considered are the MV-22 Osprey, the CH-53E Sea Stallion, the Hybrid Ultra-Large Aircraft HULA and the Hybrid Very-Large Aircraft HVLA.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics