Accession Number : ADP006022

Title :   Risk Reduction Cost Avoidance for Full Scale Development Beings with Concept Formulation,

Corporate Author : ARMY AVIATION SYSTEMS COMMAND ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Crawford, Charles C., Jr

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : This paper considers some critical areas that must be addressed in order to reduce the technical risk early enough in the Concept Formulation process to avoid undue costs during the Full Scale Development (FSD) program. Since the readers' view of Concept Formulation may vary substantially, the context here includes not only the definition of the traditional Required Operational Capability (ROC), Operational and Organizational Concepts, and the determination of the Best Technical Approach (BTA), but also a Preliminary Design Phase of the configuration(s) determined to be the BTA. Traditional cost drivers are first, requirements that may be more stringent than the minimum essential to perform the mission and secondly, design changes, after prototype fabrication, usually resulting in flight test delays, that stretch out the program. Design changes in the flight test phase are often made n a near panic environment, in order to minimize the schedule impact. Thus, they may not get the full scrutiny of producibility impacts, logistical supportability, and/or ease of maintenance considerations. The problems discussed are not meant to adversely reflect on anyone. They unfortunately tend to be typical even with a proactive government/industry development team effort.

Descriptors :   *AVOIDANCE, *COST ANALYSIS, *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, COSTS, DELAY, FABRICATION, FLIGHT TESTING, FORMULATIONS, IMPACT, INFLIGHT, METHODOLOGY, ORGANIZATIONS, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, PROTOTYPES, REDUCTION, RISK, SCHEDULING.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE