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.Data collected during 1980 concentrate on the number of LRUs sent to avionics automatic test stations per flight flown, automatic rather than manual test stations because these LRUs tend to be the more sophisticated, more costly, and moreanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Strategy for Reforming Avionics Acquisition and Support|
|Author||:||J. R. Gebman, H. L. Shulman, Charles Linwood Batten|