Accession Number:

ADP006032

Title:

Reducing Rotary Wing Aircraft Development Time/Cost through the Use of Simulation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER CO MESA AZ

Report Date:

1987-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

Advances in simulation technology have made man-in-the-loop simulation highly capable, desirable and affordable for rotorcraft design and development. Since the use of simulation as a design tool is relatively new to the helicopter industry, the U.S. ArmyMcDonnel Douglas Helicopter Company AH-64A Apache is used as an example to evaluate the potential cost and time savings realizable through the use of simulation. It is shown that a modern full mission engineering simulator when used effectively could provide cost savings of several millions of dollars, and could reduce helicopter development and flight test by at least a year or two. The means to exploit the full potential of simulation during rotorcraft design, development and test are also discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE