According to Missile Forecast, the AIM-54A production rate was 40/month for 10 years (1970 to 1980). When the 54C entered production, quality and production problems halted deliveries numerous times and a large number of missiles had to be rebuilt. Reading between the lines, it was the reprogrammable memory subsystems and electronics cooling systems that cause the problems. The background stated that at one time the USN in the mid-80s had fewer than 70 AIM-54Cs in inventory. The rest being fairly old 54As.
Might want to factor that into some scenarios. I also think that is why the two year number is feasible. Based on both production capacity and final throughput that factors in production halts, it seems reasonable.
I think way too little attention is paid to actual missile inventories when setting up scenarios. In real life, its the inventories of SM-2, 6, and 3 missiles I always wonder about. An Aegis equipped ship with VLS can deplete itself of missiles in a minutes-long engagement. How does it replenish? Where are the missile stocks? How fast can new missiles be brought in-theater? How fast can the US make new missiles.
Back in the day, you could knock bombers down faster than they replace aircraft and crews. But with better cruise missiles and potentially ASBMs in play, you have to rethink all of those questions. But its a good question to ask even in this mid-80s story.
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