When a Navy radar system is declared obsolete, a new and unique system is designed and purchased. This proliferation of inventory of different kinds of radars presents major logistics, maintenance, and training problems. This report advances the concept that there is sufficient commonality of functions in radar systems to permit the design, development, and utilization of electronic modules to meet Navy radar system needs. This approach will result in a two-to-one reduction in the full life-cycle costs of radar systems. The design engineer can select modules which meet his specific needs, repairmen can insert modules to reduce down time, and systems can be updated to meet new requirements by the replacement or addition of standardized modules. The surface-search radar, the most numerous in the Navys inventory, was selected as the basis for modularity development. The report indicates that the basic modularity concept applied to surface-search is possibly applicable to other electronic systems such as command control and communications.
Research and development rept. for 20 Sep 1972-30 Jun 1973