Current Procurement Specification Design Requirements for U.S. Navy Aircraft
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA
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An important step in the acquisition of a new naval aircraft is the review of detail specifications by materials and process specialists. The specifications are studied for compliance with SD-24, MIL-F-7179 and MIL-S5002. In addition, reports on Adhesives, Lubricants, Finishes and Corrosion Control Plans are furnished as a contractual requirement. Some of the most important considerations are the materials to be used, designs incorporating dissimilar metals, and watertightness. Test programs may be necessary to validate a particular choice of material or design. In the final analysis, however, cost and performance are the overriding considerations so some compromises usually have to be made. The challenge is to obtain as corrosion-free a vehicle as possible within these constraints.