Original Date: 07/08/2002
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Test Equipment Roadmap
The Directorate for Missiles and Surface Launchers developed a roadmap for dealing with its test equipment problems, ranging from obsolescence to capability. This roadmap will help Program Managers budget for and prioritize test equipment issues and their corresponding corrective actions.
The test equipment currently being used to test STANDARD Missiles (SMs) in various stages of development and sustainment is old and causing obsolescence issues to surface. The number of variants and complexity levels of SMs are increasing. The cost to maintain the entire range of test capability on common platforms is becoming prohibitively expensive, which is driving the need to establish a test methodology and procurement plan that will focus on and keep pace with current and future production requirements. The older equipment is also running with out-dated software, and software developers and maintainers for these older systems are slowly becoming extinct.
The Directorate for Missiles and Surface Launchers (PEO TSC-M/l) developed a strategic plan for use in the development of SM test and test equipment procurement planning for all SM Programs. A time-phased budget for acquiring/developing proper test methodologies and equipment was laid out. The intent of the effort is to provide data and recommendations to the Program Manager for all test and test equipment related decisions. This test equipment roadmap will be used and maintained by both Raytheon and the SM Technical Representative (TechRep), and is considered a living document to be updated periodically.
The roadmap identifies new test equipment procurement, modifications, upgrade requirements, as well as where and when existing test equipment can be retired or withdrawn from the SM infrastructure. This eases lifecycle support resources that may be reprogrammed and used to support other emerging or existing SM test equipment requirements. Identification of future opportunities for cost sharing with international partners and other domestic programs will also be defined in the technology roadmap.
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