Accession Number : ADP006039

Title :   Use of Demonstration/Validation Prototypes: Impact on Total Development Costs and Times,

Corporate Author : AERMACCHI S P A VARESE (ITALY)

Personal Author(s) : Notari, Alberto

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The development of a new type of military aircraft involves technical risks and uncertainties that are the greater the more advanced are the design solutions adopted. The recourse to a pre-development program envisaging the fabrication of demonstration/validation prototypes before proceeding to the full scale development phase is a known possibility, and a solution that was and is adopted both in the USA and in Europe. The results obtained by use of the demonstration/validation prototypes have been, in some instances, the subject of thorough analyses, which have confirmed the validity and convenience of these prototypes to the end of reducing the overall time span of the acquisition cycle and its costs, especially when the development was marked by significant technological advances. In this study, an attempt has been made to identify the conditions that should determine the convenience and success of a pre-development program, and there are reexamined the advantages and disadvantages that the resort to such a program may entail in the present market situation and in a European industrial context.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, ACQUISITION, CYCLES, DEMONSTRATIONS, EUROPE, INDUSTRIES, MARKETING, PROTOTYPES, TIME INTERVALS, VALIDATION.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE