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Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Department of Operational Sciences

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Michael Kretser, PhD.


The ideas expressed in this research come from the researchers experiences working in the AC-130 maintenance squadron in the Royal Saudi Air Force. The AC-130 maintenance process is not currently being used as effectively as it could be to make AC-130 fully mission capable. That can be done by improving communication, reducing distances needed to move or transport anything during the maintenance process and by efficient use of the available qualified workforces, tools and equipment. Consideration is given to applying an existing management technique to the Royal Saudi Air Forces AC-130 Maintenance Squadrons. The selected technique is the Lean management approach. The research suggests that Lean can help and improve AC-130 maintenance process in the Royal Saudi Air Force for several reasons. One of the most important reasons of using Lean is that it will get rid of waste and measure the process improvement of C-130s. If Lean is implemented, there will be reduction of (65 -96 ) on the cycle time. The bottom line benefit that the research suggests is to minimize the time required to maintain the aircraft C-130 and improve the availability rate.

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