Accession Number : AD0761802

Title :   A Prototype Strategy for Aircraft Development,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Perry,Robert

Report Date : JUL 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : The report examines the conditions that warrant the use of a prototype strategy in the development of military aircraft and evaluates some recent experience, here and abroad, that bears on the issue. A related theme, one more cleanly separable from the theory of prototype use than from its application, concerns the management approach that is most appropriate to a prototype strategy. The central thesis of the report is that in certain circumstances it is sensible to build and fly a prototype of an aircraft before finally deciding to produce it in quantity. The difficulty of deciding when to adopt a prototype strategy arises from the necessity of deciding a priori how substantial are the technological, mission assignment, or source-selection risks.

Descriptors :   (*AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT), (*JET AIRCRAFT, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), PRODUCTION CONTROL, PLANNING, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, MACHINE TOOLS, COSTS, DECISION MAKING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE