Accession Number : ADP006044

Title :   The Influence of Infrastructure on the Costs and Timescales of Collaborative Programmes,

Corporate Author : MINISTRY OF DEFENCE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s) : Garrett, R.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : International collaboration is an increasingly important method of launching major new aircraft projects. In the military context there are substantial political advantages and also military benefits - not least as a consequence of inter-operability - but the effect on costs is often a major consideration when deciding to pursue a collaborative rather than national project. The most obvious attraction is the sharing of development (and other non-recurring) costs - particularly as these occur in the near future where budget pressures are often highest; moreover, the greater production volume should also lead to reductions in unit price. However, experience with collaborative aircraft programmes to date suggests that there are also some more subtle effects operating which effect total programme costs and thus change the financial and operational benefits to any single nation.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, *COST ANALYSIS, BENEFITS, BUDGETS, FINANCE, LAUNCHING, PRESSURE, PRODUCTION, REDUCTION, SHARING, VOLUME.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE