Accession Number : ADA192535

Title :   AC-130U Gunship Warranty Analysis: Lessons Learned.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Blatchley, Peter A

PDF Url : ADA192535

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Recent legislation requiring the procurement of cost-effective warranties on most major weapon systems established the requirement for warranty cost-benefit analysis during source 'off-the-shelf' warranty evaluation tool, the AC-130U Gunship Program Office, in what turned out to be a pioneering effort, developed its own warranty cost-benefit analysis methodology. The strengths of this in-house effort include the analysis' grounding in life cycle cost theory, involvement of functional area experts in its development and validation, and the foresight with which it was crafted. Its shortcomings include its failure to capture many of the relevant costs associated with the weapon system warranty, artificially-constraining assumptions, and a reliance on ultimately unobtainable data. The AC-130U Gunship warranty analysis effort highlights many of the shortcomings that characterize the few existing tools: a requirement for non-existent data, the inherent difficulty in forecasting future costs, the difficulty of translating physical performance measures into terms of dollars and cents, and the specialized nature of available tools.

Descriptors :   *GUARANTEES, *GUNSHIPS, *AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, BENEFITS, COST ANALYSIS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, LEGISLATION, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, METHODOLOGY, OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PROCUREMENT, SOURCES, THEORY, VALIDATION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, BENEFITS, COST ANALYSIS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, FAILURE, GUARANTEES, LEGISLATION, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, METHODOLOGY, OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT, PROCUREMENT, SOURCES, THEORY, VALIDATION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, GUNS, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, MILITARY PROCUREMENT

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE