Developmental Test and Evaluation
Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) is normally conducted by designers of military equipment to verify that the product will meet specifications. These tests are generally performed on the component level in a laboratory setting. Testing is conducted early in the acquisition process. Properly conducted, this testing can decrease the costs and scheduling requirements of failure in Field/Fleet testing. It also serves to demonstrate that the design and development process is complete.
Effective Developmental Test and Evaluation can, by catching materiel deficiencies early on, allow sufficient time for required design modifications. This can reduce the overall program costs. This is because the product will more likely survive the predicted environmental stresses and meet operational requirements. The Defense Science Board Report, Test and Evaluation Capabilities, December 2000 estimated that correction of defects added 10 to 30 percent to system costs.
MIL-STD-810 is an effective standard for Developmental Test and Evaluation, that when properly employed can provide evaluation of environmental factors throughout a product’s life cycle. It is a collection of 29 laboratory test methods with numerous procedures. The standard has stressed with increased emphasis the need for tailoring test parameters and durations to effectively evaluate these factors. It has had to do so because of the reluctance of industry to initiate the required management and engineering processes. In essence, it is easier to test to cookie cutter specifications that to assess the actual severities of environmental stresses.
CVG Strategy has expertise and experience in using the tailoring process in MIL-STD-810 to assist in the creation of effective Developmental Test and Evaluation programs. Furthermore, our test and evaluation team can manage evaluation programs, write test plans, witness testing, and create test report summaries. We have decades of experience in environmental and EMI/EMC testing in both commercial and military applications.
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