Hybrid Airships in Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS)
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Logistics Over-the-Shore LOTS is the capability to discharge a vessel offshore or in-stream and deliver its cargo to land where it is marshaled for onward movement. Army LOTS operations handle cargo multiple times before delivery to the marshalling area and then usually move the onward equipment over long distances to the tactical assembly area or point of need. This thesis examined whether Hybrid Airships can economically increase the throughput of LOTS in Sea State 3 or higher and provide a more responsive, flexible solution than existing LOTS capabilities. The study compared throughput and cost benefits of proposed Hybrid Airships against watercraft. The thesis examined the feasibility, responsiveness, integration, and survivability of airships used in LOTS. The results determined that some Hybrid Airships have the capacity to increase the throughput over watercraft and ground movements to a tactical assembly area. Although it was challenging to determine costs, the thesis determined that deploying Hybrid Airships to a theater is less cost effective than watercraft, but Hybrid Airships have the potential to cost less during employment in LOTS. Finally, the study showed that airships are a feasible solution in LOTS, increase responsiveness, should be integrated with a jointly manned crew, and that the aircraft are surprisingly survivable.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft