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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 10:20

Hello everybody, saw abovementioned information from Mr.Spazsinbad about 70+% capable rate, but after found GAO report and figures a "little bit" worse(0-40%). Can somebody explain this huge difference


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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 11:15

It's apparently because the GAO looked whether they achieved 80% readiness. So if some types never passed that mark, they could've gotten 0/9.
https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/air ... worse-gao/

There's no definitive way of measuring readiness.
https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/ ... ds/173411/

Overusing the fleets (navy and air force) is likely the biggest reason for shortfalls. Too many deployments/surges, not enough downtime for personnel and machine maintenance. For F-35 it's not possible yet, so there the reasons seem to be buying too many (the procurement money doesn't cover the maintenance build-up so the politicians adding extra planes to the orders taxes the maintenance).


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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 11:51

Nov ‘20 report on years 2011-2019?


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Unread post05 Jul 2021, 16:20

defender123 wrote:Hello everybody, saw abovementioned information from Mr.Spazsinbad about 70+% capable rate, but after found GAO report and figures a "little bit" worse(0-40%). Can somebody explain this huge difference

The difference is that he's using current data, and not data from 2011-2019.
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Unread post23 Nov 2021, 05:47

Fighter Mission Capable Rates Fell in 2021
22 Nov 2021 John A. Tirpak

"Mission capable rates dropped in 2021 for every Air Force fighter type except the A-10, reversing progress in 2020, according to data released to Air Force Magazine.

“Mission capable” rates are a common measure of readiness and relate to an aircraft’s ability to perform at least one of its core missions; for example, the multirole F-16 is tasked for air-to-air combat, ground attack, or suppression of enemy air defenses. By contrast, “full mission capable” refers to an aircraft that is ready to perform all of its assigned missions. Full mission capable rates were not provided.

The Air Force aims for MC rates between 75 percent and 80 percent on most aircraft, but none stood at that level as fiscal 2021 ended.

The declines are noteworthy even though the Air Force has sought to de-emphasize the rates and instead focus on unit readiness as a more accurate way to evaluate combat capability. Also noteworthy is that 2020’s gains were achieved at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when greater restrictions were placed on the physical proximity of workers in backshops and depots.

The F-35A rate declined from 76.07 percent to 68.8 percent from 2020 to 2021 as an increasing number of F-35s came due for their first big engine overhauls. A shortage of engines has grounded about 40 F-35As over the past year, a level that the F-35 Joint Program Office predicts could hold for several years.

Still, the F-35A mission capable rate remained above that of 2019, when it was just 61.6 percent.

With operating costs disappointingly high, the Air Force has throttled back on new F-35A purchases until the more capable Block 4 version is ready and operating costs can be brought down to a more sustainable level. Congress has gone along, with members recognizing that adding airframes has only exacerbated a shortage of parts and made it harder to achieve objective mission capable rates....

...When Jim Mattis was Defense Secretary early in the Trump administration, he ordered the Air Force and Navy to raise MC rates for fighter aircraft to 80 percent. The Air Force never achieved that goal, saying at the time that MC rates were not a meaningful indicator of overall readiness for war. A frontline deployed unit typically is close to 100 percent mission capable because parts are prioritized for such units, while squadrons recently returned from deployments can see MC rates decline rapidly."

Source: https://www.airforcemag.com/fighter-mis ... l-in-2021/
A4G Skyhawk: www.faaaa.asn.au/spazsinbad-a4g/ & www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqC_s6gcCVvG7NOge3qfAQ/videos?view_as=subscriber


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Unread post23 Nov 2021, 06:41

Back to the average rates for US Fighters........ :|

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