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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Air Force Science and Technology Board, Committee on Aging Avionics in Military Aircraft

Extending the lifetime of an airframe has confirmed demanding and expensive. Extending the lifetime of an avionics process, even though, is among the most important and hard points of extending overall airplane procedure lifetimes. serious parts exit of creation or turn into out of date, and plenty of former providers of military-grade elements have long past into bankruptcy. From 1986 to 1996, for instance, the proportion of discontinued military/aerospace digital units approximately doubled- from 7.5 percentage to 13.5 percentage. moreover, legacy avionics platforms, that have been designed to satisfy specifications of the prior, regularly lack the complete power to accomplish new missions, meet new threats, or practice good within the new information-intensive battlefield environments.

As the legacy airplane fleet a while, avionics platforms becomes progressively more tough to help and continue. while the army as soon as supplied a wide and ecocnomic marketplace for the electronics undefined, the army electronics industry this present day constitutes under 1 percentage of the industrial marketplace. therefore, the army needs to more and more depend upon advertisement off-the-shelf (COTS) applied sciences for its avionics and software program. even though COTS goods are commonly more cost-effective than similar goods designed specially to satisfy army standards, the technology-refresh cycle for COTS is usually 18 months or much less, which exacerbates the obsolescence challenge for airplane whose lifetimes are measured in a long time. the quick refresh cycle is pushed regularly by way of the great advances in desktops, which include an expanding percent of avionics content.

In reaction to a request by way of the Assistant Secretary of the Air strength for Acquisition, the nationwide learn Council convened the Committee on getting older Avionics in army airplane, lower than the auspices of the Air strength technological know-how and expertise Board, to behavior this examine. This file summarizes the following:

- assemble details from DoD, different govt businesses, and commercial assets at the prestige of, and concerns surrounding, the getting older avionics challenge. this could comprise briefings from and discussions with senior executives and armed forces acquisition and help body of workers. part of this task should still contain a evaluation of Air strength Materiel Command's examine on diminishing production assets to suggest how one can mitigate avionics obsolescence.

- offer options for brand new methods and cutting edge thoughts to enhance administration of getting older avionics, with the objective of supporting the Air strength to augment supportability and alternative of getting older and obsolescing avionics and reduce linked existence cycle expenses. touch upon the department of expertise accountability among DoD and industry.

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As a rule, normal market forces will resolve these issues, but DoD should consider industrial base issues as part of its acquisition process.

Contracts that involve generous shared savings of any cost to the government would create a “win-win” environment for all participants. With the advent of MOSA, cost reductions will be more likely, and both government and industry will be motivated to seek innovative ways to improve their performance. A mutually agreed upon TOC model can also provide incentives for reductions in TOC. Management Focal Point The committee received extensive briefings on the aging avionics problem from the Aeronautical Systems Center headed by Lt.

In addition, tightly coordinated management for DoD architectural standards is necessary, rather than the loosely integrated leadership of JTA, coupled with the somewhat disconnected management of the JTA, GIG, and MOSA. Need for New, Innovative Contracting Approaches Current DoD contracting approaches generally do not provide positive incentives to either government contracting offices or defense contractors for reducing product cost to the government. Production programs frequently use firm fixed price contracts, which do put a cost cap on the government’s obligation; the contractor benefits from any savings (or pays for overruns), but there is no reduction in cost to the government.

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