Improved maintenance and readiness through the use of Built in Test (BIT) in the fire control system of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
Lassitter, Charles Doyle.
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As the Army continues to face force and budget reductions while maintaining a high state of readiness, reliance on advanced technology systems is becoming more essential. The Army's leadership has recognized this challenge and is seeking ways to ensure readiness. This thesis explores the application of the built in test (BIT) maintenance concept in supporting readiness in the Fire Control System (FCS) of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). It provides background on the current Fire Control System and discusses factors both internal and external to the system that are driving the upgrade. Projected benefits gained from BIT are in terms of readiness through reduction in Mean Time To Repair (MTTR), cost savings, and compression of the maintenance levels. Application of BIT into other systems is covered. BIT is one method currently being developed to maintain and improve readiness despite continued force and budgetary reductions. The goal of this thesis is to show how technology can be used to support readiness by increasing efficiency while minimizing costs.
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