Accession Number : ADP003453

Title :   A Comparison of Simulator Procurement/Program Practices: Military versus Commercial,

Corporate Author : SINGER CO BINGHAMTON NY LINK FLIGHT SIMULATION DIV

Personal Author(s) : Hussar,J. S.

Report Date : 16 NOV 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The costs of complex military flight simulators have been steadily rising, causing all concerned to carefully evaluate procurement and life-cycle costs of these devices. In making these evaluations, the issue is often raised that commercial airline simulators of comparable quality can be procured for less money and with shorter schedules. This paper provides a comparison of military and commercial procurement methods, concentrating on the major differences between them. It analyzes the key discriminators between military and commercial contract requirements which collectively cause simulator procurement and program practices to be so different, and costs to vary so widely, when the resultant flight simulators procured by both methods are highly regarded for their training capabilities. Recognizing that some of the military requirements are unique and necessary, this paper takes the position that military simulator procurement can utilize some of the methods employed in commercial procurements to reduce life-cycle costs. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PROCUREMENT, *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, *LIFE CYCLE COSTS, COST ANALYSIS, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, COST EFFECTIVENESS, SCHEDULING, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, COST EFFECTIVENESS, SCHEDULING, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, COMPARISON, METHODOLOGY, CONTRACTS, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, REQUIREMENTS, LOGISTICS SUPPORT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE