4. General Requirements
The reliability growth test is an integral part of a MIL-STD-785 reliability program and is a formal approach to the test, analyze and fix process of reliability growth. The reliability growth test shall be planned and conducted in accordance with the requirements herein to provide date for the evaluation of reliability growth.
4.2 Pre-reliability test requirements
4.2.1 Prediction, analysis and test plan
In accordance with the approved reliability program plan, the following items shall have been completed and approval obtained from the procuring activity prior to the initiation of reliability growth testing, unless specifically deleted by contract,
Replaced/Superseded by document(s)
This standard covers the requirements and procedures for reliability development (growth) tests. These tests are conducted during the hardware development phase on samples which have completed environmental tests prior to production commitment, and do not replace other tests described in the contract or equipment specification. These tests provide engineering information on the failure modes and mechanisms of a test items under natural and induced environmental conditions of military operations. Reliability improvement (growth) will result when failure modes and mechanisms are discovered and identified and their recurrence prevented through implementation of corrective action.