In the aerospace and defense industry, test-system life cycle often is measured in decades, but that of individual system hardware and software components is much shorter. Test engineers spend as much as 50 percent of their time (or even more, in some cases) actively dealing with obsolete hardware and software.
Key challenges include:
- Aging test equipment is increasing maintenance and support costs and cannot support evolving needs
- Costs of updating equipment is not well understood compared to ballooning maintenance costs of existing equipment
- Budget for migrating legacy systems can be difficult to justify
- Organizations lack engineering resources or expertise to create and develop new test architectures