7.3 IAI/LAHAV QUALITY DATA—AN ILLUSTRATION
7.3.1 IAI/Lahav Pilot Project
We illustrate the process of obtaining system and quality data using an avionics upgrade pilot project that was conducted at the IAI/Lahav division in conjunction with the international research project SysTest (see Appendix A). The aim of the pilot project was to develop a new avionics system for a transport helicopter (see Figure 7.4) as well as building several helicopter prototypes for delivery. System cost and quality cost data were obtained from several previous IAI/Lahav avionics upgrade projects, quality cost and time measurements during the pilot project and cost and time estimations provided by domain experts (Engel and Shachar, 2006).
The project replaced older designed avionics and a pilot control system with a modern system. The helicopter was also upgraded to support Search-And-Rescue (SAR) missions. In addition, IAI was to provide product support for several years. The following system characteristics, grouped into three categories, were identified: