Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 3.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback150 pages $30.00 $24.00 20% Web Discount

During combat, high-performance avionics equipment must deliver the full extent of its designed capabilities. Failure to meet this standard is most often caused by a hard-to-find performance-degrading fault. Persistence of such faults results from weaknesses in the processes for acquisition and support of avionics. This report offers a strategy of six proposals to correct these weaknesses: (1) accelerate repair-and-maintenance-related avionics technologies, (2) improve the ability to test avionics equipment, (3) provide more complete feedback on equipment performance, (4) adopt a maintainability indicator, (5) institute maturational development, and (6) reorganize the Air Force's avionics engineering resources. Maturational development calls for government funding and direction of a special development effort aimed exclusively at repair and maintenance of the most complex avionics subsystems. Results from exploratory applications of the concept to the fire control radars on the F-15 C/D and the F-16 A/B indicate that the Air Force most needs to improve the efficient removal of performance-degrading faults.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.