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This study analyzes two alternatives for printed circuit board (PCB) diagnosis for the F-16 depot PCB repair shop from a life cycle cost (LCC) perspective. Alternative 1 assumes the use of the current F-16 automatic test equipment (ATE) while Alternative 2 augments the current ATE with infrared imaging test equipment. Infrared imaging is a developed technology that is currently available to the Air Force in a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) form. Using the Cost Analysis and Strategy Assessment (CASA) Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Model and data from the DL41 database on F-16 PCBs this study determined that over the current expected life of the F-16, the next twenty-five years, a savings of approximately $1.1 million (1994 dollars) can be realized by augmenting the current F-16 ATE with infrared imaging test equipment 15% of the F-16 printed circuit boards (PCBs) are single card PCBs which can be tested using infrared imaging test. This study assumes that the total number of PCBs and the percentage of single card PcBs does not change over the F-16's lifetime. Sensitivity analyses are performed varying the percentage of single card PCBs, the total number of PCBs' and the F-16 lifetime to determine the effects these changes might have on the total life cycle cost of Alternative 2.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.