Weapons systems (51 - 60 of 174 items)
B-2 Bomber: Status of Cost, Development, and Production
NSIAD-95-164: Published: Aug 4, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the status of the B-2 bomber program, focusing on the Air Force's progress in: (1) acquiring 20 operational B-2 aircraft; and (2) flight testing, production, and modification efforts.GAO found that: (1) a recent Air Force cost estimate indicates the final cost for 20 operational aircraft will be about $28,820 million in fiscal year (FY) 1981 cons...
Comanche Helicopter: Testing Needs to Be Completed Prior to Production Decisions
NSIAD-95-112: Published: May 18, 1995. Publicly Released: May 18, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Army's Comanche helicopter program, focusing on cost and technical issues associated with the restructured program.GAO found that: (1) the past risks associated with the Comanche's development and production will continue under the Army's restructured program; (2) production decisions will be made before operational testing of the Comanche begins and the development phase will be...
Cruise Missiles: Proven Capability Should Affect Aircraft and Force Structure Requirements
NSIAD-95-116: Published: Apr 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1995.
GAO reviewed the performance of two cruise missiles during Operation Desert Storm, focusing on the missiles': (1) advantages over tactical aircraft; and (2) potential impact on future tactical weapons system requirements.GAO found that: (1) both the Navy's Tomahawk land attack missile and the Air Force's Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) contributed to the success of U.S. combat ope...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Computation of Number of Patriot PAC-3 Interceptors Needed Is Flawed
NSIAD-95-45: Published: Mar 17, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) planned production of 1,200 Patriot Advanced Capability-Three (PAC-3) interceptors, focusing on the: (1) determination of the number of interceptors needed; and (2) affordability of the interceptors.GAO found that: (1) the actual number of PAC-3 interceptors needed is uncertain; (2) the Department...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Current Status of Strategic Target System
NSIAD-95-78: Published: Mar 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) Strategic Target System (STARS), focusing on the status of STARS, planned launches, costs, and the status of major hardware acquisition and refurbishment.GAO found that: (1) the Secretary of Defense's 1993 comprehensive review of the nation's defense strategy drastically reduced the...
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: No More Hunter Systems Should Be Bought Until Problems Are Fixed
NSIAD-95-52: Published: Mar 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) acquisition of the Hunter Short-Range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), focusing on whether: (1) the system is logistically supportable; (2) previously identified performance deficiencies have been corrected; and (3) the system represents a valid joint-service effort.GAO found that: (1) the Hunter UAV system is not logistically supportable and has seriou...
Future Years Defense Program: Optimistic Estimates Lead to Billions in Overprogramming
T-NSIAD-95-83: Published: Jan 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). GAO noted that: (1) FYDP estimates for 1995 through 1999 could exceed $150 billion; (2) FYDP overprogramming is a result of negative adjustments, overly optimistic savings, and understated costs; (3) the current FYDP exceeds the Administration's fiscal year 1995 budget submission by $21.6 billion due to undistribu...
Army Armored Systems: Advanced Field Artillery System Experiences Problems with Liquid Propellant
NSIAD-95-25: Published: Nov 2, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Army's Advance Field Artillery System (AFAS) program, focusing on the: (1) status of the AFAS liquid propellant (LP) gun; (2) nature and extent of any problems experienced during testing; and (3) Army's plans for proceeding with the development of the system.GAO found that: (1) the Army's most advanced LP gun was severely damaged by an explosion during test firing; (2) the Army ha...
Naval Aviation: F-14 Upgrades Are Not Adequately Justified
NSIAD-95-12: Published: Oct 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Navy's decision to spend about $2.5 billion between fiscal years 1994 and 2003 for a limited ground attack upgrade and other modifications to about 200 F-14 Tomcat fighters.GAO found that: (1) although the Navy has justified F-14 attack upgrades as necessary to replace the loss of A-6E aircraft, most upgraded F-14 aircraft will be less capable than F/A-18C aircraft; (2) although u...
Naval Aviation: F/A-18 E/F Acquisition Strategy
NSIAD-94-194: Published: Aug 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's plans for acquiring tactical aircraft, focusing on whether Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition regulations permitted classification of the F/A-18E/F program as a major modification rather than a new program.GAO found that: (1) DOD based its decision to classify F/A-18E/F development as a major modification of existing aircraft on a N...