Reengineering of the F/A-18 aircraft's intermediate level hydraulic maintenance
Shanahan, Curt M.
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The continued down-sizing of the Department of Defense (DoD) into the 21st century and the resulting budget constrained realities will force the Navy to adopt innovative measures to save costs, while not sacrificing readiness. The Navy's immediate future in aviation lies in the readiness of the F/A-IS Hornet aircraft weapons system. Present experience shows the F/A- 18's hydraulic system is not performing effectively and subsequently is one of the top readiness degraders. In this thesis, we analyze reengineering and consolidating duplicate intermediate level F/A- 18 hydraulic system maintenance capabilities. Consolidating the maintenance of duplicate capabilities into one facility per coast, as we propose for the intermediate maintenance facilities for these hydraulic components, would reduce cost while maintaining readiness. We develop a comparative spreadsheet model to analyze a Prime Intermediate Maintenance Activity (PIMA) operating as a consolidated facility to investigate the effects of consolidating production and its impact on readiness. Based on our analysis, we conclude that the proposed consolidation is a viable option.
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