The Resource Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach

Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach

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Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach
Title
Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The aerial refueling initiative was not adequately assessed within the Department. Air Force analyses-the basis for the Department's decisions on the initiative-understated proposed benefits and overstated potential disadvantages. Nonetheless, the majority of the actions proposed by the initiative were rejected on the basis of these evaluations. The Air Force's analyses showed that, compared to its current refueling system, multipoint would not be significantly faster, would cause tanker aircraft to run out of fuel sooner, and would pose operational problems for F-16 and F-22 fighters. The Air Force concluded that these and other obstacles outweighed the new system's ability to refuel two aircraft simultaneously and its interoperability with Navy and U.S. allied aircraft. Conversely, our analysis of Air Force data showed that the amount of time spent refueling from the two systems would be about the same and, therefore, multipoint with twin off-load points would be significantly faster, the Air Force made unrealistic assumptions about tanker loitering times that overstated tanker fuel usage, and reasonable solutions to equipping F-16s and F-22s with the new system may exist. In addition, Desert Storm confirmed the potential benefits of multipoint refueling with the probe/drogue system, including increased efficiency, effectiveness, and interoperability
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DTICE
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non fiction
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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  • Refueling in flight
  • Fuel systems
  • Air force
  • Interoperability
  • Navy
  • Comparison
  • Efficiency
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Tanker aircraft
  • Jet fighters
  • Aviation safety
  • Benefits
  • Loitering
  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Transport Aircraft
  • Fuels
Label
Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach
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Publication
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Report to Congressional Requesters
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
23 pages
Form of item
online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227815560
  • (OCoLC)ocn227815560
Label
Aerial Refueling Initiative: Cross-Service Analysis Needed to Determine Best Approach
Publication
Note
Report to Congressional Requesters
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
23 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227815560
  • (OCoLC)ocn227815560

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