The culmination of the origins period of the ABL came in 1996, when the Air Force awarded the contract for the PDRR phase.
For the ABL to reach the point of signing a PDRR phase contract, it took the combined effect of three elements: an operational necessity, technological advances, and people committed to making it a reality.
The study finds a significant correlation between RDT&E cost growth in the PDRR
phase and RDT&E cost growth in the EMD phase and also finds "significant correlation between procurement growth during the EMD and production phases" (Dameron et al., 2001, p.
test articles were received in November 2001.
In capturing these PDRR
contracts, Lockheed Martin and the Sensytech/Georgia Tech team beat out Northrop Grumman Corp.
The program's next major milestone arrives next month, when the program downselects to one team and enters program definition and risk reduction (PDRR), formerly known as DEMVAL.
Within the PDRR phase, the winning team must meet a number of milestones.