CH-53E MAIN ROTOR HEAD LOGISTICS SUSTAINMENT STRATEGY
Ericson, Andrew C.
Brinkley, Douglas E.
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The H-53E heavy lift helicopter will play a vital role for both Navy and Marine Corps missions through the year 2029. The aging platform is currently plagued with material availability issues that result in degraded aircraft readiness. Of these material availability issues, one of the most critical is sourcing the components for the main rotor head during depot-level overhaul. This study focuses on analysis of existing maintenance and logistics support and sustainment strategies currently in use. It identifies improvements to the H-53E main rotor head logistics support structure in order to better support the Navy and Marine Corps heavy lift mission. The results of this research provide recommendations on short-, mid-, and long-term logistics sustainment strategies aimed at improving material availability and increasing aircraft readiness.
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