Assessment of Avionic Equipment Field Reliability and Maintainability as Functions of Unit Cost
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Pound-for-pound, avionics is generally recognized as the most expensive, complex and sophisticated part of an aircraft. Reliability and maintainability are critical characteristics that influence spares provisioning, maintenance resource requirements, system operational availability and, ultimately, investment and operating costs. Consequently, much attention has been focused upon improving the reliability and maintainability of avionics which, in the past, have been disappointingly low. This paper addresses avionics reliability and maintainability. The analysis was performed last year in partial response to a request of IDA by OASD C3I to provide information for use by DSARC principals at the Full-Scale Development milestone. Since the 5000 series of DoD Directives and Instructions emphasize analytical comparisons of any new systems under consideration by the DSARC with current, comparable systems, we undertook analyses to determine if there may be one or more historical relationships between field reliability and maintainability and avionic equipment characteristics that would assist in forecasting those attributes.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems