In the Minuteman program, The Boeing Company's Aero-Space Division is responsible for delivering to the United States Air Force an operating, reliable strategic missile weapon system.
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Background: In the Minuteman program, The Boeing Company's Aero-Space Division is responsible for delivering to the United States Air Force an operating, reliable strategic missile weapon system.
As soon as construction of underground facilities is complete, Boeing checks out the facilities and installs certain missile support equipment.This includes, for example, launch control and communication equipment.After assembly and checkout of the ground support equipment, the missile, minus warhead, is placed in the silo.The individual launch site is then integrated with the rest of the launch sites in the flight and launch control center.
Under the Boeing assembly concept, each launch site and control center is considered to be the final assembly area of a long production line.Although the Minuteman assembly and checkout program takes place "out in the open," the program has been set up to be accomplished with techniques normally associated with a factory production line.
Key to this program is the use of skilled teams composed of specially trained men who perform specific tasks at each facility and then move quickly on to the next.In addition to providing individual responsibility for each task, the plan allows for repetitive work assignments which result in doing a progressively better job in a shorter time--then by decreasing costs.
The assembly and checkout program is divided into three distinct tasks.
1 Field Assembly.
Ground operational equipment is shipped by truck to the launch control facility or launch facility where it is inspected before assembly.