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An Analysis of Weapon System Readiness for Operational Testing
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze Army weapon system Operational Tests Evaluations OTE that have been conducted at Fort Hunter- Liggett, California. Four weapon systems were reviewed and analyzed including the ADATS LOS-F-H air defense system, Avenger Pedestal Mounted Stinger air defense system, OH-58D AHIP scout helicopter and the Apache AH-64 attack helicopter. The most common issues that Program Managers encountered in preparing their systems for operational testing were identified. A comparative analysis provides a summary of these problems and the reasons they occurred along with proposed solutions, enhancement observations, and lessons learned that should be useful to Program Managers. This thesis concludes that Program Managers need to place greater emphasis on preparation for operational testing with attention on the areas of test schedules, technical manuals, resources, and user training. Acquisition lessons learned, Test and evaluation,
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