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R&D in Soviet Aviation

Author: Alexander, Arthur J.
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
Corporate Report Number: R-589-PR
Date of Publication: 1970-11
Pages: 50
Contract: F44620-67-C-0045
Project: Project Rand
AD Number: AD0716410

Research, design, development, and manufacture of Soviet aircraft are concentrated in the Ministry of Aviation Industry. However, the various functions are performed by administratively separate organizations. The present structure can be traced back to 1939, when a reorganization of the industry raised a number of young individuals to positions of authority following a period of intense purges. Information flows link the separate organizations. Research institutes provide design bureaus and manufacturing plants with handbooks of aerodynamic forms and structures and lists of approved materials and manufacturing techniques. Design starts with a small, short-term effort called the pre-project, which takes only a few months to prepare. Simplicity, commonality, and design inheritance are important features of design practice

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