The Laser-Guided Bomb: Case History of a Development
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report is a case study of a successful R and D product--the laser guided bomb LGB. The narrative begins with the work of the Armys Missile Command at the Redstone Arsenal 1962, continues with the initial LGB prototype competition between Texas Instruments TI and North American- Autonetics 1966, details the decisions within Hq USAF to continue the development through the engineering prototype contract with TI 1968, and ends with the award of the acquisition contract to TI 1969. Six facets of the LGB development are analyzed competitive prototype development early and repeated testing of system hardware interaction of technology and requirements in design and performance specifications incremental development delegation of development decisions and the availability of contingency development funds. These six features, working interactively, provided a flexibility in development that produced a low-cost, high-performance system within a relatively short time frame.
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