A Production Representative Article is a system that accurately represents the production configuration system for both hardware and software but is not produced on a final production line. To be considered a Production Representative Article, all of the following reviews must have been completed:
- Critical Design Review (CDR),
- Qualification testing,
- All Functional Configuration Audits (FCAs) for major configuration items, and
- System Verification Review (SVR)
While highly desirable, the item does not have to be manufactured on a formal production line to be considered production representative. Production representative articles must be demonstrated in their intended environment during the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Phase. Production Representative Articles must also be used for the dedicated phase of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) that supports the Full-Rate Production Decision (FRPD).
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