Weapons systems (81 - 90 of 111 items)
Acquisition of Navy Land-Based Test Sites Can Be Better Managed
NSIAD-85-76: Published: May 21, 1985. Publicly Released: May 21, 1985.
The Navy has many resources for providing research, development, test, evaluation, training, and operational support for weapons systems, part of which are land-based test sites. GAO discussed the improvements needed in the acquisition management of land-based test sites to ensure that: (1) maximum use is made of existing facilities; (2) duplication between existing and new sites is prevented; and...
Reporting on Chemical Testing of the Bigeye Binary Chemical Bomb
NSIAD-85-3: Published: Oct 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Department of Defense (DOD) intentionally withheld information from Congress about the Bigeye binary chemical bomb program.GAO found that: (1) because a steering committee with responsibility for the Bigeye program did not recognize the seriousness of a test failure, there was a delay in providing information to Congress...
Army's Decision To Begin Production of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Was Premature
NSIAD-84-136: Published: Jun 12, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1984.
GAO reviewed the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) program, which was developed to replace a portion of the vehicles used by the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, to determine whether test results reasonably supported the production decision.GAO found that the Army's decision to award a full-scale production contract was premature in view of reliability problems disclosed in the...
Results of Forthcoming Critical Tests Are Needed To Confirm Army Remotely Piloted Vehicle's Readiness for Production
NSIAD-84-72: Published: Apr 4, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1984.
GAO reviewed the changes made in the Army's remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) program during the past 2 years and analyzed the work that remains ahead. This report is one in a series of annual reports on the status of selected major weapon systems.The Army is developing the RPV to provide field surveillance information which it relays to supporting ground units. GAO noted that the cost of the RPV pro...
Department of the Army's Program To Modify 155-mm. M109 Self-Propelled Howitzers to an M109A5 Configuration
NSIAD-84-60: Published: Mar 26, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1984.
GAO reviewed the Army's program for modifying some of its self-propelled howitzers, a program estimated to cost $1.5 billion.The Army has deferred approving the full-scale development of the improved howitzers because a cost and operational effectiveness analysis is still in progress, more definitive information on the number of howitzers that should be modified is needed, and the cost estimate ne...
Air Force and Navy Trainer Aircraft Acquisition Programs
MASAD-83-22: Published: Jul 5, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1983.
GAO reviewed three proposed Navy and Air Force programs to acquire 1,184 trainer aircraft at a cost of about $10.8 billion during the next 20 to 25 years.The Navy has changed its plan to buy 282 T-45 trainer aircraft which can operate from aircraft carriers. To reduce costs in the early program years, it plans to buy a mixed fleet of 305 aircraft, of which 251 would be carrier-capable. GAO found t...
Results of Production Testing Should Be Considered Before Increasing Patriot's Production
C-MASAD-83-7: Published: Jan 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Patriot Air Defense Missile System's performance capabilities to determine the Army's progress in resolving the system's earlier performance and reliability problems in relation to future production rates.Congress approved the fiscal year (FY) 1983 Department of Defense request to increase Patriot's production; in the Army's FY 1984 budget, the Army plans to request additional pro...
The Army's AH-64 Helicopter and HELLFIRE Missile Retain Risks as They Enter Production
C-MASAD-83-9: Published: Jan 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1983.
GAO reviewed the risks still facing the AH-64 advanced attack helicopter and the Hellfire missile upon entering production, and the progress the Department of Defense (DOD) has made in addressing these risks. The programs' affordability will continue to meet congressional questioning as future production increments are considered for funding.GAO found that there are no indications at this time tha...
Poor Procurement Practices Resulted in Unnecessary Costs in Procuring M1 Tank Spares
PLRD-83-21: Published: Jan 18, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1983.
GAO examined sole-source negotiated procurements for M1 tank spare components.GAO found that, in its procurement of M1 tank spares, the Government incurred unnecessary costs because the contracting officer: (1) accepted ceiling prices for spares negotiated on a sole-source basis before obtaining cost or pricing data and then failed to change the ceiling prices once the cost data were received; (2)...
Concerns About Logistic Planning for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
PLRD-83-7: Published: Oct 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) planning for the Army's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) program which was designed to procure replacement vehicles for a portion of the armed services vehicle fleet.GAO found that the HMMWV prototype vehicle is being procured competitively from three contractors and, after the final testing and evaluation, a single production co...