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Encyclopedia > Survivability

In engineering, survivability is the quantified ability of a system, subsystem, equipment, process, or procedure to continue to function during and after a natural or man-made disturbance; e.g. nuclear electromagnetic pulse from the detonation of a nuclear weapon.


For a given application, survivability must be qualified by specifying the range of conditions over which the entity will survive, the minimum acceptable level or post-disturbance functionality, and the maximum acceptable outage duration.


Source: from Federal Standard 1037C in support of MIL-STD-188


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The Aircraft Combat Survivability Education Web Site (309 words)
m Office is offering a short course in aircraft combat survivability from 14 to 17 April, 2008, at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA The aircraft combat survivability discipline is dedicated to enhancing the survivability and effectiveness of aircraft that fly in man-made hostile environments.
A viable, cost-effective technology for enhancing survivability is available, a methodology exists for assessing survivability, an extensive survivability infrastructure has been developed, testing for survivability is mandated, quantified requirements on the survivability of US military aircraft are routinely specified, and education in survivability is available.
The fundamentals of the combat survivability discipline are applicable to manned aircraft, uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs), and guided/cruise missiles that fly in a man-made hostile environment, as well as civilian aircraft that may be attacked by terrorists.
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