Author(s)Holcomb, Darrell H.
Contributor(s)AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST
Humanities and History
Military Forces and Organizations
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Fire Control and Bombing Systems
MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
AIR FORCE OPERATIONS
ABDR(AIRCRAFT BATTLE DAMAGE REPAIR)
AIRCRAFT BATTLE DAMAGE REPAIR
POST COLD WAR ERA
MILITARY FORCE LEVELS
AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND
ISRAELI AIR FORCE
BRITISH ROYAL AIR FORCE
OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE UNITS
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AbstractCombat aircraft that are damaged and sitting on the ground are completely useless to air component commanders. The goal of the United States Air Force's Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR) Program is to rapidly restore these damaged aircraft to some level of combat capability. To be effective, the repairs must allow the aircraft to return to combat in time to affect the outcome of the battle. Effective battle damage repair capability can truly be a force multiplier. This research project suggests methods to improve the Air Force's ability to provide this critical service to operational field commanders. Recent changes to the way the Air Force accomplishes its mission necessitate improvements to the ABDR Program. New technology, defense downsizing, and the introduction of composite wings all affect the Air Force and consequently its aircraft battle damage repair philosophy. A comprehensive review of the current ABDR Program with emphasis on areas of improvement is therefore in order. This study begins with a review of the ABDR Program and is followed by a brief historical background of battle damage repair, an outline of the current USAF program status, and a description of basic repair techniques and philosophies. Next is a comparison of different approaches to ABDR by other military services. The study then identifies both technical and programmatic challenges which the program must address to remain viable. The final chapter contains conclusions, recommendations for improvements, and highlights of areas requiring further research.
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