Accession Number : ADP006030

Title :   Avionics Acquisition, Trends and Future Approaches,

Corporate Author : AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Longbrake, Ronald B.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This paper covers the current and future direction of U.S. Air Force avionics. While the paper discusses primarily tactical aircraft avionics, the findings and conclusions are applicable across USAF systems. The paper covers the acquisition methodology, the background history and trends of avionics and future approaches in avionics. The basic drivers for avionics are operational needs, availability, survivability, available technology, cost and schedules. The challenge is to provide effective avionics in a budget constrained world. To accomplish this requires emphasis on providing performance to counter the threat, flexibility for diverse use and basing, cost and schedule realism, and systems capable of being upgraded through planned growth as the threat changes. Care must be taken to control requirements. It has been shown that the final five to ten percent improvements in performance can increase the cost twenty to fifty percent, therefore, we should strive for 'sufficient' performance not 'best' performance. While initial acquisition cost is of concern, life cycle cost is even more important. To keep life cycle costs down and have an effective system during combat, maintenance concepts need serious attention. To accomplish the above objectives, the discrete avionics systems of the past must be replaced with integrated avionics responsive to crew needs, increasing threats and fiscal constraints. Future needs will cause continued increases in avionics cost.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *LIFE CYCLE COSTS, *AIRCRAFT, AIR FORCE, AVIONICS, BACKGROUND, BUDGETS, CONTROL, COSTS, CREWS, GLOBAL, HISTORY, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, MAINTENANCE, METHODOLOGY, PATTERNS, REQUIREMENTS, SURVIVABILITY, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, THREATS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE