Skip to comments.Air Force officials to use commercial jet fuel to replace military spec fuel
Posted on 11/09/2009 8:42:18 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
(AFNS) -- To reduce reliance on military specification products, simplify the fuel supply chain and save money, Air Force Petroleum Agency researchers will conduct demonstrations to use commercially available jet fuel instead of military standard JP-8 fuel.
The demonstrations of Jet A fuel versus JP-8 fuel will occur at Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; McChord AFB, Wash.; and Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn. Each base has C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules primary-assigned aircraft.
According to Master Sgt. Danny Walker, AFPA Jet A initiative program manager, each base will begin issuing Jet A in the next several weeks.
"The actual first Jet A issue dates at each base depend on how quickly existing JP-8 stocks are used," Sergeant Walker said.
During the demonstration, suppliers can put Jet A fuel into shared pipelines without having to worry about comingling like they had to with JP-8, according to Sergeant Walker. By eliminating the need for a specialty fuel like JP-8 and using a more readily available Jet A, refineries and fuel depots will be able to reduce infrastructure costs and save money which they will be able to pass along to the DOD, Sergeant Walker added.
According to Jim Richardson, from the AFPA, officials estimate the annual savings at $40 million. Savings may increase as the conversion potentially expands across DOD within the CONUS, he added.
Mr. Richardson also noted that another part of the initiative is sponsoring research that may lead to a reduction or elimination of certain military additives. By reducing the need for military additives, Air Force suppliers can reduce the logistics footprint during contingency operations, he added.
One of the key parts of the demonstration is the ability to inject military-specific fuel additives into Jet A prior to use, according to Mike Nelson, from the AFPA. By injecting fuel system icing inhibitor further forward in the supply chain, the quantities can be reduced by nearly 60 percent, he said.
FSII is the most expensive of the military fuel additives, according to Mr. Nelson. By reducing the quantity injected, DOD saves money. AFPA researchers are partnering with those in the fuel industry to test several additive injection systems at various points in the supply chain, according to Mr. Nelson.
The demonstrations are set to run for 12 months. Following the demonstration, an independent agency will take all the data gathered and perform a business case analysis, according to Sergeant Walker. Afterwards, AFPA and Defense Energy Support Center officials will review the data to determine a future course of action, the sergeant said.
More information regarding this AFSO21 initiative was captured in an earlier story at: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123148345
Trying to remember when that used to be alot of money.
Unfortunately, we have to tighten our belts and find savings in any way we can.
We still need the F-22 and F-35.
I am all about doing things smarter.
Funding and manning is going down hard.
If they want to save $40 million, may I suggest that Obama mail his Nobel acceptance speech to Oslo? Between that, and a just halving the number of political fundraisers Obama is going to do the next 6 months, you'll easily find your $40 million.
Less than two years pay for A-Rod.
Well, that’s interesting. I had no idea that the military was stuck on JP8. I take it that the reason for using JP8 is some sort of fuel anti-icing benefit. It rather begs the question of whether properly engineering the various military plaforms might have given them the ability to use Jet A without all the additives.
Well, I suppose it’s cheaper to use the additives and not have to go through redesign/recertification of the current aircraft inventory. I’m surprised that this wouldn’t have been changed long ago. It’s not like the concept of designing aircraft with adequate fuel heaters is a new one. Civil aircraft are built that way. I guess it was silly of me to assume that (some) military aircraft were designed to operate in the civilian support environment. I learn something new everyday.
Air Force 1 runs on Hope and Change.
You should notice they are only talking about trash haulers. The requirements for combat aircraft can be quite different. Trash hauler are essentially commercial aircraft.
If this idea came from Master Sgt Danny Walker he deserves a pay grade raise to WOSG.
AF1 is a trash hauler. (come on, you knew it was coming!)