MIL-HDBK-6870 Revision B, “Nondestructive Inspection Program Requirements for Aircraft and Missile Materials and Parts,” has just been released and is now available from Document Center Inc. This 28-page handbook provides the guidance for defining the requirements for establishing a nondestructive inspection (NDI) program for evaluation of structural components in development, production or sustainment of U.S. military aircraft and missiles systems. It is directly applicable when referenced in the item specification contract or order.
MIL-HDBK-6870 is the replacement document for the old MIL-I-6870, which was withdrawn in 1996. It applies to structures for aircraft and missiles when the design activity or system specification requires nondestructive inspection for production acceptance, and recurring nondestructive inspection for long-term sustainability.
This handbook may also be applicable to mechanical equipment, subsystems and propulsion systems but the guidance should be tailored for such use. This handbook applies to all phases of the system life cycle: acquisition, modification and sustainment.
The NDI Program Plan should be developed at the beginning of the development phase and should define all NDI requirements to be adhered to during system development, test, production, and sustainment.
Like all military handbooks, this document is for guidance only and cannot be cited as a requirement. Marginal notations are not used in this revision to identify changes with respect to the previous issue due to the extent of the changes. Revision B replaces the previous edition, MIL-HDBK-6870A, which is now obsolete.
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