Improving Test Throughput on a Navy Open-Air Test and Evaluation Range
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Naval Air Systems Commands NAVAIRs weapons test ranges at China Lake, CA struggle to meet increasing demand. Development programs are bringing more complex and capable weapons to the ranges. The resources of the ranges are being stretched thin and not all requests for testing are accommodated. The purpose of this paper is to seek a solution to increase range throughput within the constraints of the current resources. The effort involved evaluating range usage, identifying obstacles to increased throughput, and evaluating the processes associated with the obstacles. Recommendations for process changes were made and applied to a set of historical data to determine the impact of the processes and compare them with the historical solution. Data from the analysis show that specific changes to current processes have the potential to increase throughput by 9 without the need for additional resources.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies