"This has been a very difficult project with an extremely complex review process and I have been very pleased with ALE’s efforts in supporting us."
-Training Manager, Shipyard
This case study demonstrates ALE's capability to successfully influence the design of both the system and support system from conceptual design through the detailed design. It provides an example of ALE's ability to improve the supportability by employing a tailored, cost-effective Integrated Logistics Support program at the different stages of design maturity.
A world leader in advanced electro-optical systems had been chosen to support the development of the next-generation service rifle by designing the fire control system. ALE was selected to assess the logistic impacts of various design alternatives and support the definition and development of an effective support system. ALE applied its specialty engineering analysis capabilities and experience in working logistic issues for complex systems to accomplish the following tasks:
ALE's early participation in the program helped the team select the best design alternative that met performance requirements while minimizing the overall life cycle cost of the program. As part of these early efforts, ALE performed a preliminary logistic support analysis to establish supportability objectives, establish supportability related design goals for the team to work towards, and to identify critical support issues for early mitigation. ALE continued to play a key role in the supportability program during the design phase by continually working to identify significant logistic insights and opportunities for improvement. Design influences were accomplished through ongoing logistic analyses, including component selection, identification of needed safety devices, and design arrangements to reduce maintenance. ALE continued to support the program throughout completion of the detailed design phase through development of Operator and Maintenance Manuals for the soldiers in the field. The entire effort was conducted in an integrated environment that enabled our client to provide a technologically superior fire control system with an equally capable support system at reduced hardware and programmatic costs.
This case study demonstrates how successful application of ALE's capabilities, tools, and techniques was an important part in the development of a future mission critical weapon system. Furthermore, these accomplishments were realized in an environment that focused on reducing the overall life cycle cost of the system without sacrificing performance.