Integrated Design and Manufacturing for the Navy FBM Program,
LOCKHEED MARTIN MISSILES AND SPACE CO SUNNYVALE CA
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The Integrated Design and Manufacturing IDAM project is bringing modern design, manufacturing, analysis, and test engineering methods to an established operational weapon system, the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile SLBM. The philosophy, methods, and constraints associated with technology application to enhance near term support and preserve long term engineering capability are presented. Background. The current Fleet Ballistic Missile FBM C4 and D5 systems were developed with engineering software tools and methodologies over a 40 year period. These tools and methods were often specifically tuned tailored to a specific missile configuration and to the available ground and flight test data. Specific expertise and knowledge is required to employ these empirical tools and methods, particularly for hardware or environments that lie outside what was originally tested. A decade has passed since the last FBM development program. The lack of opportunity to exercise core FBM design engineering competencies threatens skill and knowledge preservation in certain key areas. The problem of expertise retention is compounded by the fact that, in some cases, software and methods do not formally exist, have been lost, or reside as knowledge and experience of certain key FBM experts, most of whom have retired or are close to retirement.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Underwater-Launched Guided Missiles