Upgrading the Extender: Which Options Are Cost-Effective for Modernizing the KC-10
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
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The Air Force asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to undertake a study to provide objective insight into the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the KC-10 Extender air refueling AR tanker aircraft. The study analyzed the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the KC-10 in the areas of avionics CNS capabilities for ATM, NVIS compatibility, C2 specifically, tactical data-link TDL capability, additional multipoint refueling capability, defensive protection, and reliability and safety upgrades. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of the various modernization options by estimating each options total life-cycle cost and comparing that cost with its quantitative benefit. The quantitative benefit of each option was determined by valuing the number of tanker aircraft saved because of the KC-10s increased wartime mission effectiveness and the effects on peacetime operating costs after modernization. In some cases, modernization options provide benefits that do not directly affect the cost or effectiveness of the KC-10 but, rather, improve commanders operational flexibility in employing the KC-10 or improve the effectiveness of other weapon systems. In such cases, we highlight these additional benefits or implications.
- Transport Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations