Accession Number : ADA262076


Title :   Standardization of Automatic Test Equipment in the U.S. Air Force


Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 1991-Apr 1992,


Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Rooney, Jr, Arthur J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262076.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 31


Abstract : The USAF has failed to standardize automatic test equipment (ATE) used to support aircraft avionics systems. Although the savings from standardization are difficult to estimate, studies indicate the Air Force could save over $200M through standardization of ATE. Aside from the monetary savings, other benefits such as reduced training requirements and provisioning fewer items could be realized through standardization. This paper will focus on three areas. First, we will look at standardization from definition through highlighting the importance of standard ATE. Next, a review of the impediments to achieving commonality of ATE within the Air Force. Finally, an actual example of acquiring common ATE for the Special Operations Forces will be examined. The paper concludes with recommendations to achieve greater commonality of ATE within the Air Force.


Descriptors :   *AVIONICS , *TEST EQUIPMENT , *STANDARDIZATION , TEST AND EVALUATION , REQUIREMENTS , ESTIMATES , BENEFITS , SAVINGS , SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , COMMONALITY , AUTOMATIC , STANDARDS , OPERATION , AIR FORCE , AIRCRAFT , TRAINING


Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE