Reliability and Availability of the DD963 Destroyer Program 700615
THE U.S. NAVY is currently utilizing the Concept Formulation/Contract Definition method of ship procurement for the multi-year acquisition of the DD963 Class Destroyers. A Reliability/Maintainability/Availability program has been implemented for this project. As a result of studies performed, the Development and Production Contract includes quantitative Availability values at the ship and subsystem level, MTBF/MTTR values for a few selected equipments, and sequential Availability tests for the total ship system and propulsion subsystem. In addition, a failure data collection and corrective action program will be implemented which will provide inputs to an MTBF/MTTR data bank and the tri-service/NASA Failure Rate Data (FARADA) program.