Accession Number:

ADA099499

Title:

An Analysis of Combat Aircraft Avionics Production Costs.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

1981-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

155.0

Abstract:

This report describes research directed toward developing parametric estimating relationships for the production costs of avionics suites and systems. The research sample comprised 17 combat aircraft and their avionics equipment. Potential explanatory variables were selected based on interviews with manufacturers about factors affecting avionics costs and the appropriateness of the variables for use in planning studies early in system acquisition. Multivariate regression analysis techniques were used to determine the statistical properties of candidate estimating relationships for whole suites and individual systems. The estimating equations derived for suites were generally satisfactory but not always as statistically efficient as desirable. Attempts to derive estimating relationships for avionics systems were much less satisfactory but offer improvements over the simple cost per pound metrics often used. The authors conclude that objective means for expressing technology change and its importance for avionics cost estimation remain a concern for future research.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Administration and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE