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A manager's guide to TPS first article acceptance testing

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2 Author(s)
Preiss, S.A. ; Weapons & Targets Support Equipment Div., Naval Air Warfare Center, Point Mugu, CA, USA ; Ellis, M.T.

This paper offers insight into the challenges of First Article Testing (FAT) for Test Program Sets. While FAT represents a successful culmination of extensive development effort, this success comes only with advanced planning and buyer/seller cooperation. This paper emphasizes FAT challenges and their resolution. The paper is written against a real-world contract backdrop, and the problems encountered were real and representative of the generic challenges. The lessons imparted can provide valuable guidance to buyer and seller in a Test Program Set contract sell-off. For the lessons learned to be useful, however, they must be applied prior to FAT, and must result in effective, preemptive, bi-partisan management action. FAT is typically the end result of millions of dollars of expenditure and equivalent technical and emotional investment. It offers only two outcomes: “win-win” or “lose-lose”. This paper is intended to assist a win-win result

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 3 )