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Containing military autotest cost growth through the use of commercial standard equipment architectures

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Knoff, R.E. ; Avionics & Commun. Div., Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

The 1990s have been stressful for commercial airline industry: fierce competition has caused the demise of several carriers. The resulting drive to slash operating expenses has bolstered development of avionics industry standards for automated test equipment. Rockwell's Collins Air Transport Division (CATD) has begun to market compliant test gear that airline maintenance departments wishing to acquire modern high performance test systems without the development cost penalty have eagerly received. A similar situation now confronts the military. The various branches can no longer justify the maintenance of independent autotest architectures. This paper describes the CATD implementation of the commercial-standard architecture; shows how we have designed the system to avoid obsolescence; and indicates the considerations that are necessary for adapting it to military scenarios

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )