Analyzing the Future of Army Aeromedical Evacuation Units and Equipment: A Mixed Methods, Requirements-Based Approach
CENTER FOR AMEDD STRATEGIC STUDIES FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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We utilize a mixed methods approach to provide three new, separate analyses as part of the development of the next aeromedical evacuation MEDEVAC platform of the Future of Vertical Lift FVL program. The research questions follow RQ1 What are the optimal capabilities of a FVL MEDEVAC platform given an Afghanistan-like scenario and parameters associated with the treatmentground evacuation capabilities in that theater RQ2 What are the MEDEVAC trade-off considerations associated with different aircraft engines operating under variable conditions RQ3 How does the additional weight of weaponizing the current MEDEVAC fleet affect range, coverage radius, and response time We address RQ1 using discrete-event simulation based partially on qualitative assessments from the field, while RQ2 and RQ3 are based on deterministic analysis. Our results confirm previous findings that travel speeds in excess of 250 knots and ranges in excess of 300 nautical miles are advisable for the FVL platform design, thereby reducing the medical footprint in stability operations. We recommend a specific course of action regarding a potential engine bridging strategy based on deterministic analysis of endurance and altitude, and we suggest that the weaponization of the FVL MEDEVAC aircraft will have an adverse effect on coverage capability.
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