Accession Number : ADA113599

Title :   Preplanned Product Improvement and Other Modification Strategies: Lessons from Past Aircraft Modification Programs.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Biery,Frederick ; Lorell,Mark

PDF Url : ADA113599

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : Pre-Planned Product Improvement (P31) is a weapon system acquisition strategy formulated in the late 1970s in a response to the high development costs of new systems, lengthening acquisition intervals, increasing age of current inventories, constrained budgets, and various technology trends. It is founded on the assumption that quality enhancement modification of existing inventory systems is a cheaper and quicker way to modernize than the development of entirely new systems. The P31 strategy is aimed at facilitating this process; its central element is the design of new systems from their origins to accommodate future quality upgrades. Discussion of the merits and disadvantages of P3I, however, remains abstract and theoretical. This Note reviews the circumstances that led to the formulation of P3I, clarifies the implications of the concept and offers an initial assessment of the policy as applied to aircraft systems based on a careful and extensive examination of past major aircraft modification efforts. The authors conclude that long-range pre-planning during the design stage is impractical. This Note also provides lessons drawn from past experience on the conduct of modification programs in general. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, ACQUISITION, AIRCRAFT ENGINES, MODIFICATION, RETROFITTING, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, REQUIREMENTS, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, COST ESTIMATES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), SCHEDULING, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, LONG RANGE(TIME), CASE STUDIES

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE