Test Technology Strategy.
Research rept. Nov 80-Apr 81,
NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Weapon systems in the Fleet and in development are using complex and sophisticated new technologies to extend Fleet capabilities and effectiveness. Designers are developing systems that respond more rapidly and with greater lethality and systems that are tightly integrated in the commandcontrol hierarchy. Complex and sophisticated weapon systems require high maintenance skill levels but there is a growing disparity between maintenance level requirements and maintenance personnel resources. Manpower, skills, and time to manually test and diagnose complex weapons are not available. The Navy, aware of the problems created for the Fleet by systems complexity, new technology, and manpower shortages, has established a test technology strategy team to the essential tasks for development of the test technologies. Implementation of this plan will radically reduce Fleet maintenance problems and avoid future problems with untestable new technologies. This strategy presented in this report describes a test technology base which has application across the spectrum of weapon systems. Test technology must be developed for machinery and electronics to perform automatic tests from the systems level down to built-in test BIT within integrated circuits and mechanical devices. Software must be developed to enhance internal and external testing, while other emphasis is essential for design aids to make future systems more easily testable and maintainable. This test technology focuses on the following problems Automatic Test Equipment ATE Software Automate Test Program Generation Design for testability Machinery testing New technology Advanced automatic testing concepts and Calibration.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods