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An Evaluation of the Argentinean Basic Trainer Aircraft Domestic Development Project
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The Argentine Air Force AAF is facing increasing challenges in maintaining and sustaining trainer aircraft. The current trainer aircraft used by the AAF face obsolescence issues and decreased serviceability. Argentina used to have the largest aircraft industry among the Latin America countries, but a number of factors such as not maintaining objectives and policies over time undermined its consolidation and were instrumental in Argentina losing its leadership position. To meet AAF requirements and revive Argentinas domestic aircraft industry, an indigenous basic trainer aircraft project is proposed. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the projects viability using a multi-criteria analysis methodology. The evaluation reveals which actions contribute toward the AAF goal of increasing training aircraft availability. An economic analysis also was performed to determine costs vs. benefits and cost efficiency. The proposed option minimizes aircraft inventory diversity while maximizing consistency, sustainability, and versatility.
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