Operational Support Aircraft Routing Model


  1. Ghanmi, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Canadian Forces is seeking to establish permanent and temporary operational support hubs at strategic locations around the globe to improve its logistics support effectiveness and responsiveness for deployed operations. These hubs will be used for cross-loading between modes of transportation as well as for the pre-positioning of non-perishable supplies (i.e., various non-perishable supplies could be procured at local area and positioned at hubs for future delivery) to reduce transportation costs and to improve the speed of delivery. This paper presents a mathematical model developed to address aircraft routing problems associated with the Canadian Operational Support Command hub-based support concept. The model could be used for planning sustainment flights to determine cost (or time) effective aircraft routes for the movement of cargo and supplies from various support hubs to a theatre of operation. The model is formulated as a vehicle routing problem and is implemented using mixed integer nonlinear programming. An example using historical deployment and sustainment data is presented to illustrate the methodology.

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-044 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2009
Number of Pages
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