The Supportability Analysis (SA) is one of the most important processes of product support. It is the principal tool to:
•  design the products relevant to maintainability, reliability, testability and to optimise life cycle cost
•  define all required resources to support the product in its intended use, during in-service operation.

SA provides a structured method of analysing the support system resource requirements and options for a product primarily as it is being developed.  This process ultimately identifies the optimised support policy and logistic resources necessary to support the equipment through its life cycle.

The SA process is inherently iterative and should be tailored to the project phase and product. As project requirements or equipment designs change, SA ensures that the support implications of those changes are considered and addressed. The process continues as the product enters service by validating the implemented support policy.

SA can result in the generation of significant volumes of data. This data needs to be controlled and managed in a common source area, linked to product design data. The results of the various analysis are recorded in the appropriate Data Management tool – Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) or Logistic Information Repository (LIR).

Aspect has vast experience of SA management, planning and execution, and can provide tailored services to develop, optimise and document your products support need from inception through to disposal. We offer specialist SA services to identify logistic resource requirements for:

•  Spares:- forecasting, costing and supply chain planning
•  Support and Test Equipment:- use of COTS, reuse, adaptation and bespoke tooling
•  Training:- needs, aids, techniques and instructions
•  Manpower:- skill types and maintenance burden
•  Facilities:- repair and overhaul capability
•  Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation:- equipment and spares requirements and logistic footprint.
•  Validation and Verification:- demonstrations, evaluations and requirements compliance
•  Technical Data:- LSAR compilation, modelling, and reporting
•  Human Factors:- ergonomics, safety and environmental factors.

SA is conducted in accordance with the relevant standards, processes and best practices:

•  Def Stan 00-600, ILS requirements for MOD projects
•  JSP 886 Vol 7, Defence Logistic Support Manual
•  ASD S3000L, International Spec for SA
•  AP239, Product Life Cycle Support Data Integration
•  Mil-Hdbk-502, Acquisition Logistics
•  ANSI-GEIA-STD-0007, Logistics Product Data
•  ANSI-GEIA-HB-0007, Logistics Product Data guidance.