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Affordability: A determination that the cost of buying and maintaining a product is reasonable. The extent to which a product is affordable as measured by its cost relative to the amount a purchaser or user is willing or able to pay.

Affordability is comprised of many trade-off decisions between requirements, design, producibility, reliability, and supportability.

APT staff has the knowledge, experience, and methodologies to assist managers in achieving a balance in the design, development, and production of an affordable product.

Affordability Considerations

Producibility: The measure of the relative ease of manufacturing. A product is producible to the extent that it can be manufactured consistently, with high quality, by a manufacturing workforce.

Reliability: The ability (probability) of a product to perform a required function under stated conditions (operational environment) for a specified period of time and without failure.

Sustainability: The measure of a product designed with life cycle support as a key performance parameter. The ability to maintain product support (maintenance, repair, spare parts, upgrades) to all users for the life of the product.

Maintainability: The measure of an item's ability to be retained in or restored to a specified condition, when maintenance is performed by personnel having specified skill levels and using prescribed procedures and resources at each prescribed level of maintenance. Maintainability refers to the ease, accuracy, and economy of performing a maintenance action.

Supportability: The quality of the system - including design, technical support data, and maintenance procedures - to facilitate detection, isolation, and timely repair / replacement of system anomalies.

Durability: The ability to withstand wear and tear with little decay or significant deterioration. It is the probability that the item will have a long and useful life without extensive maintenance.

Safety: The freedom from harm. It involves the application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to achieve acceptable mishap risk, within the constraints of operational effectiveness and suitability, time, and cost, throughout all phases of the system life cycle.

Environmental: The considerations that are concerned with developing, producing, fielding, and sustaining materiel that is more energy efficient, capable of using renewable energy resources, reduces the use of hazardous materials, and generates less waste.