Accession Number:

ADA123848

Title:

Airframe RDT&E Cost Estimating: A Justification for and Development of Unique Cost Estimating Relationships According to Aircraft Type.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Report Date:

1982-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

205.0

Abstract:

Airframe RDTE costs are invariably predicted by utilizing one general cost estimating relationship CER regardless of aircraft typefighter, attack, or bombercargo. This practice results in inconsistent and often very significant inaccuracies in predicting weapon system development costs which may affect subsequent program funding. This thesis examines the utility of a unique CER for each aircraft type to be used for estimating airframe development costs. The methodology consisted of factor analysis and step-wise multiple regression analysis. Based on the results, the authors concluded that the unique CERs are consistently and significantly more accurate when estimating airframe RDTE costs than the general CERs developed by former studies. The results of this study should be applicable to those organizations dealing with the procurement of aircraft airframes. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE