SRP determines the continuing performance, reliability, and safety of fielded missile inventories. Missile systems are designed and specified to meet a minimum shelf life at the time of delivery. Shelf life is the term during which a tactical missile will remain safe for handling or operation, meets acceptable reliability levels, and performs as expected in potential tactical engagements.
SRP is the mechanism for extending shelf life and allowing continuing use. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center is recognized worldwide for SRP testing and analyses approaches, and has partnerships with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and 14 foreign military agencies.
Importance to the Army
AR 702-6 requires SRP to be conducted and defines that SRP consists of surveillance testing, function (flight) testing, and laboratory (component) testing.
CCDC AvMC generates a customized SRP plan during development of a missile that accounts for the system’s reliability requirement, unit cost, testability, production quantity, reparability, projected life cycle, and other factors. The SRP plan is required to be published prior to full materiel release. AvMC manages execution of the SRP throughout the missile life cycle, and is responsible for issuing shelf life extension recommendations.