Accession Number:

AD0761802

Title:

A Prototype Strategy for Aircraft Development,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

The report examines the conditions that warrant the use of a prototype strategy in the development of military aircraft and evaluates some recent experience, here and abroad, that bears on the issue. A related theme, one more cleanly separable from the theory of prototype use than from its application, concerns the management approach that is most appropriate to a prototype strategy. The central thesis of the report is that in certain circumstances it is sensible to build and fly a prototype of an aircraft before finally deciding to produce it in quantity. The difficulty of deciding when to adopt a prototype strategy arises from the necessity of deciding a priori how substantial are the technological, mission assignment, or source-selection risks.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE