ALAE Solutions has demonstrated the functionality of the Reconfigurable Test Adapter (RTA) developed under a phase II Air Force (AF) SBIR, topic AF161-014. The RTA is an innovative solution to addresses the problem of costly, time consuming re-hosting of legacy test program sets (TPS) from legacy Automatic Test Systems (ATS) into modernized systems such as the AF Versatile Depot Automated Test Station (VDATS.)
Approximately 8,000 TPS are currently planned to be re-hosted on next generation systems and this product showcases our work related to obsolescence of legacy ATS. The goal of the project is to provide significant life cycle sustainment cost savings while increasing reliability and maintainability of the ATS used to repair/return critical avionics assets to warfighters. Shop through-put for UUT repair/calibration increases and, as a result of the improved accuracy of the test equipment, the MTBF increases giving the AF more flight time over UUT supported by the legacy ATS
This innovation will decrease total ownership cost (TOC) while concurrently increasing mission capable rates for Air Force Sustainment Command (AFSC) ATS. The TOC savings will be experienced by greatly decreasing Supply Chain Management (SCM) inventory costs, and decreasing USAF 402 EMXG and AFLCMC/WNA engineering costs by retiring legacy ATE when migrating to an approved DoD FoT such as VDATS. Legacy ATS are difficult to operate, costly to maintain, use more power and frequently are down for repair
Rehosting TPS is currently costly and requires advanced engineering knowledge of the UUT. The RTA would provide a significant cost & NRE time savings for any effort involving re-host to the VDATS….. or other approved DoD FoT platform.