An analysis of weapon system readiness for operational testing
Mills, James B.
Hoivik, Thomas H.
Kemple, William G.
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze Army weapon system Operational Tests & Evaluations (OT &E) that have been conducted at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California. Four weapon systems were reviewed and analyzed including: the ADATS (LOS-F-H) air defense system, Avenger (Pedestal Mounted Stinger) air defense system, OH-S8D (AHIP) scout helicopter and the Apache (AH-64) attack helicopter. The most common issues that Program Managers encountered in preparing their systems for operational testing were identified. A comparative analysis is conducted and a summary of the issues and the reasons they occurred along with proposed solutions, enhancement observations, and 'lessons learned' is provided for Program Managers. This thesis concludes that Program Managers need to place greater emphasis on the areas of test schedules, technical manuals, resources, and user training.
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