An alternative testing methodology for TOW missile training systems
Mack, Scott J.
Boger, Dan C.
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This thesis explores alternatives to the current testing methodology being applied to twoTOW missile training systems. This thesis contends that current practices do not adequately prove system accuracy or system training value. Research emphasis is placed upon identifying those factors involved in assessing system accuracy currently being overlooked. The objective is that future government testing will address system accuracy and training value in detail. Following a description of current techniques, an alternative to current accuracy assessment is presented using the precepts of direct fire gunnery based upon a series of statistical treatments that quantify system accuracy and contract specification compliance. Data collection enhancements, potential test design modifications, and a methodical data analysis plan is presented An alternative testing scenario is developed, based upon the recommended changes in test methodology. Finally, observations and recommendations are provided pertaining to program management of the two TOW missile training systems in an effort to optimize program structure. The underlying premise is that the application of operations research skills to validate system performance will improve the final product fielded to U.S. Marines and Soldiers.
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