2263. Army Aviation and the Mass Properties Engineer


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N J Donaldson: 2263. Army Aviation and the Mass Properties Engineer. 1995.



This paper is a review of past, present, and proposed acquisition practices of the US Army. The effect of these practices on the work of the mass properties engineer is examined. The scope of this paper is limited to typical Army rotary wing aircraft. The trend in system acquisition is to provide increasingly more complex subsystems in satisfaction of more challenging missions. At the same time, there is a decreasing budget for new developments. The author suggests the standards, methods, and data requirements in weight engineering are conditioned by the culture of the acquisition process. Initiatives in acquisition reform such as the use of commercial specifications and standards are examined. The potential exists for cooperation between government and industry that is cost effective and supports the work of the Mass Properties Engineer.


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