Aircraft acquisition program (31 - 40 of 105 items)
Tactical Aircraft: Changing Conditions Drive Need for New F/A-22 Business Case
GAO-04-391: Published: Mar 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2004.
Following a history of increasing cost estimates to complete F/A-22 development, Congress asked GAO to assess the Air Force's F/A-22 development program annually and determine whether the Air Force is meeting key performance, schedule, and cost goals. On April 23, 2003, a congressional subcommittee requested that the Department of Defense (DOD) provide more detailed information on the business cas...
Tactical Aircraft: DOD Needs to Better Inform Congress about Implications of Continuing F/A-22 Cost Growth
GAO-03-280: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2003.
In 1991, the Air Force began developing the F/A-22 aircraft with advanced features to make it less detectable to adversaries and capable of high speeds for long distances. After a history of program cost increases, Congress limited the cost of F/A-22 production to $37.5 billion in 1997. Congress has remained interested in the potential cost of production. As requested, we (1) identified the lates...
Tactical Aircraft: F-22 Delays Indicate Initial Production Rates Should Be Lower to Reduce Risks
GAO-02-298: Published: Mar 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2002.
The F-22 aircraft is designed to be less detectable, capable of flying at higher speeds for longer distances, and able to provide the pilot with substantially improved awareness of the surrounding situation than the F-15 it will replace. The Air Force began the F-22 development program in 1991 and plans to complete it by March 2004. In 1998, following repeated increases in the program's estimated...
Electronic Combat: Services Should Consider Greater Use of New Test Equipment for Their Aircraft
GAO-01-843: Published: Aug 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2001.
The armed services have had problems for years with their ability to adequately test their electronic combat systems. The success of the new Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester Program in providing improved test capability is a positive development. Because the tester has identified many more faults in the F-15C and F/A-18C electronic combat systems than has the current test equipment,...
Tactical Aircraft: Continuing Difficulty Keeping F-22 Production Costs Within the Congressional Limitation
GAO-01-782: Published: Jul 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2001.
The Air Force F-22 Raptor, an air superiority aircraft with an air-to-ground attack capability is set for completion in September 2003. However, contracts to begin 10 low-rate initial production aircraft for fiscal year 2001 have been delayed until after completion of the President's review of Department of Defense (DOD) programs. The Air Force plans to procure 333 production aircraft through 2013...
Defense Acquisitions: Recent F-22 Production Cost Estimates Exceeded Congressional Limitation
NSIAD-00-178: Published: Aug 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force F-22 Raptor production cost estimate, focusing on: (1) the status of cost reduction plans, including some plans not yet implemented, and Air Force procedures for reporting on the plans; and (2) a comparison of the 1999 production cost estimates with the congressional cost limitation.GAO noted that: (1) about half of the...
Defense Acquisitions: Use of Cost Reduction Plans in Estimating F-22 Total Production Costs
T-NSIAD-00-200: Published: Jun 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Air Force's F-22 Raptor Program and its impact on production cost reduction plans, focusing on the: (1) status of cost reduction plans, including some plans not yet implemented, and identifying Air Force procedures for reporting on the plans; and (2) comparison of 1999 cost estimates developed by the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary o...
Defense Acquisitions: Achieving B-2A Bomber Operational Requirements
NSIAD-99-97: Published: Jun 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the total acquisition costs of the Air Force's B-2A bomber program through completion of the production program, focusing on the: (1) deficiencies in achieving B-2A operational requirements; and (2) status of acquisition costs.GAO noted that: (1) operational testing indicated that the B-2A met most operational requirements, but fou...
Defense Contractor Restructuring: Benefits to DOD and Contractors
NSIAD-98-225: Published: Sep 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on seven defense contractor business combinations to determine whether the Department of Defense (DOD) is realizing savings as a result of such restructuring activities, focusing on: (1) the amount of restructuring savings expected by DOD from the seven business combinations; (2) the impact of selected restructuring activities on the co...
Department of Defense: Financial Audits Highlight Continuing Challenges to Correct Serious Financial Management Problems
T-AIMD/NSIAD-98-158: Published: Apr 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1998.
GAO discussed the status of financial management at the Department of Defense (DOD), focusing on: (1) serious material weaknesses now confronting DOD; (2) the resulting impact on DOD's ability to effectively carry out its programs and operations; and (3) the efforts under way to address these deficiencies.GAO noted that: (1) serious material weaknesses were found in DOD systems and processes relie...