Avionics Data for Cost Estimating,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Avionics cost has been a continuing problem to the defense cost analyst. The various services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD have sponsored numerous avionics data collection efforts, as well as funding various companies to develop cost models and cost estimating relationships. To mention a few, both the Air Force and the Navy, and research firms such as General Research Corporation GRC, Research Management Corporation RMC, and Institute for Defense Analyses IDA, have all been involved at one time or another with efforts to develop the avionics cost estimation methods and a supporting data bank. The reason for this level of effort is that the costs of avionics account for nearly 30 percent of the total costs of fighter aircraft and a significant amount in most other aircraft types. Yet, because of rapid technological change, typically small production runs, and poor historical cost information, reliable prediction of avionics costs has been impeded. This paper discusses a recent Rand study sponsored by OSDDirector of Planning and Evaluation DP and E which had the objective of creating an avionics data base for tactical aircraft.
- Economics and Cost Analysis