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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Daniel D. Mattioda, PhD.


The Argentine Air Force (AAF) is facing increasing challenges in maintaining and sustaining trainer aircraft. The current trainer aircraft used by the AAF face obsolescence issues and decreased serviceability. Argentina used to have the largest aircraft industry among the Latin America countries, but a number of factors such as not maintaining objectives and policies over time undermined its consolidation and were instrumental in Argentina losing its leadership position. To meet AAF requirements and revive Argentina's domestic aircraft industry, an indigenous basic trainer aircraft project is proposed. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the project's viability using a multi-criteria analysis methodology. The evaluation reveals which actions contribute toward the AAF goal of increasing training aircraft availability. An economic analysis also was performed to determine costs vs. benefits and cost efficiency. The proposed option minimizes aircraft inventory diversity while maximizing consistency, sustainability, and versatility.

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