Opportunities for Cost Reductions in the Testing of New Missile Systems.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The basic problem addressed is to identify new testing methods for the Armys new missile systems which can, in the short term, produce at less cost the increased quantities of improved quality test data required by materiel acquisition decision makers. Live trial firings, mathematical modeling and hardware-in-the-loop simulations were examined. Data was gathered from technical reports, Army regulations, staff studies, and personal interviews. The traditional testing method, live trial testing was found to be increasingly costly as the level of system and threat complexity grew. Mathematical modeling provided significant advantages, but the number of live firings required to develop and validate the model approximated the number required by a typical missile system test program in which all the test data was obtained from live firing. The hardware-in-the-loop offered significant advantages to both the developer and the tester. It was found to offer the best opportunities for cost reduction while providing the increased quantities of high quality data required. Author
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Guided Missiles