Analysis of Missile/Weapon Integration Costs

During F-35B Development Test III onboard the USS America, personnel from the NAS Pax River ITF successfully completed at-sea weapons load testing.  (source: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin)

During F-35B Development Test III onboard the USS America, personnel from the NAS Pax River ITF successfully completed at-sea weapons load testing. (source: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin)

What are typical integration costs for weapon/missile platforms and how do new weapon costs compare to costs of upgrading?

DSIAC was tasked with supplying data and analysis of typical platform integration costs for a missile/weapon system in order to compare the potential cost of a new weapon versus an upgraded existing weapon. DSIAC worked with the requestor to quantify acceptable cost reporting as detailed weapon/platform integration costs are difficult to quantify; various phases of a program may overlap and/or leverage ongoing efforts for previous phases or even other programs, resulting in cost information that is not uniformly reported across various services and weapon system program offices and/or may not be reported uniformly from year to year.  DSIAC researched documents for the last ten years generated by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) on major weapon system acquisition costs as well as reports and briefings by the RAND® Corporation and UK Ministry of Defense (UK MOD) on Test and Evaluation Costs and Cost Estimating Relationship (CER) models for major weapon system integration efforts.  Data was extracted to provide consolidated information on RDT&E costs to date, estimates to complete, total costs and per item costs for missiles and bombs integrated into aircraft platforms, sea and land based weapon systems, and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) weapon systems.  Data were also used to generate notional plots of RDT&E costs vs. weapon system complexity and integration cost vs. combined assessed weapon system/integration platform/mission complexity to allow the customer to perform rough order-of-magnitude estimates for expected RDT&E and integration costs based on comparative complexity of a system under consideration.

Inquiry Completion Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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