1 September 1995 F/A-18D (RC)/ATARS flight test update
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In June 1994, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps restructured the F/A-18D (RC) ATARS program. McDonnell Douglas Aerospace was selected as the prime contractor responsible for overall program management and integration of the ATARS with the F/A-18D (RC) weapon system. Loral Fairchild Systems (LFS) was selected as the subcontractor responsible for ATARS subsystem development and integration. The first part of the restructured program was called Element One and was a ten month risk reduction program ending in April 1995. The primary objective of Element One was to resolve the critical ATARS anomalies found during previous flight testing. In order to resolve these anomalies, MDA and LFS concurred that additional flight test data was required. In November/December 1994, eight flights were flown with a high fidelity instrumentation system to gather the additional data required for evaluation of the anomalies. Using this data, along with previously collected data, design 'fixes' were implemented to correct several of the system anomalies. In April 1995 and May 1995, approximately four flight tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of these design 'fixes.' A period of two months for flight tests was planned for July-August 1995 to complete this evaluation. This presentation describes the testing and results through May 1995 of the Element One flight test program.
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P. Scott White, P. Scott White, Lori A. M. Gallo, Lori A. M. Gallo, Robert Borland, Robert Borland, William B. De Groh, William B. De Groh, John L. Minor, John L. Minor, } "F/A-18D (RC)/ATARS flight test update", Proc. SPIE 2555, Airborne Reconnaissance XIX, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218614; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.218614
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