Weapons systems (31 - 40 of 71 items)
Infantry Antitank Weapons Tests: Assessment of the Army's Test and Evaluation of the Dragon II and BILL
NSIAD-92-170: Published: Mar 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the Army's evaluation of the Dragon II, the Bofors Infantry Light and Lethal (BILL), and the Milan antitank weapons, focusing on: (1) which system the Army selected as the interim system until the Army Javelin system is fielded; (2) whether additional tests were needed; and (3) potential Dragon II improvements.GAO found that: (1) the Army conduct...
Patriot Missile Defense: Software Problem Led to System Failure at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
IMTEC-92-26: Published: Feb 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the facts associated with the failure of a Patriot missile defense system in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Storm.GAO found that: (1) the Patriot battery at Dhahran failed to track and intercept a Scud missile due to a software problem in the system's weapons control computer; (2) the software problem caused an inaccurate tracking c...
Defense Budget and Program Issues Facing the 102nd Congress
T-NSIAD-91-21: Published: Apr 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) major defense budget, focusing on budget shortcomings Congress identified related to threat, money, strategy, force structure, and programs. GAO noted that: (1) DOD believed that the threat of massive conventional war in Europe had substantially declined, and that well-armed adversaries were the most immediate threat to U.S. interests; (2) the Presid...
Defense Acquisition: Examination of MLRS Terminal Guidance Warhead Program
NSIAD-91-144: Published: Mar 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1991.
GAO reviewed the requirements, schedule, performance, and cost of the Army's Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Terminal Guidance Warhead (TGW) program.GAO found that: (1) MLRS TGW had been in development for more than 6 years, and cost about $530 million; (2) the U.S. share of the project was $230 million and the European countries' share was $300 million; (3) early in development, the program...
Abrams Tank: Operating Costs More Than Expected
NSIAD-91-114: Published: Feb 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the operating cost and the readiness of the Army's M1 Abrams tank, focusing on: (1) whether the Army expected the M1 tank to be cheaper to operate and support than the M60 tank; (2) the comparison between the costs to operate and support the M1 tank and the M60 tank; and (3) whether the M1 tank was meeting its field operational readiness goals.GAO...
Army Weapons: Status of the Sense and Destroy Armor System
NSIAD-91-44BR: Published: Dec 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Army's Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM) program, focusing on: (1) Army compliance with congressional directives; (2) the current program schedule; (3) the Army's estimate of the program's total cost; (4) SADARM technical development and test results; and (5) SADARM ability to meet a counterfire mission requirement.GAO found that t...
Major Acquisition Programs: Selected Aspects of the Army's Forward Area Air Defense System
NSIAD-90-191: Published: Jun 25, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's Forward Area Air Defense System (FAADS) program, focusing on: (1) the Army's requirements for FAADS; (2) the Army's expected use of each component in performing its ground-based air defense mission; (3) the cost and schedule of each component; and (4) the Army's reliance on its current air defense systems.GAO found that: (1) the Army was...
Bradley Vehicle: Status of the Army's Survivability Enhancement Program
NSIAD-90-172: Published: May 21, 1990. Publicly Released: May 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Army's modification program for enhancing the Bradley Fighting Vehicle's survivability.GAO found that vehicle enhancements included: (1) the addition of armor to provide protection against 30-mm projectiles; (2) the addition of liners inside the turret to protect the crew from high-velocity debris; (3) the addition...
Army Procurement: The Selection of a Manufacturer for the 120-mm Mortar
NSIAD-89-178: Published: Jul 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's comparison of its and a private manufacturer's costs for producing its 120-millimeter mortar system.GAO found that: (1) in March 1988, after competitive testing, the Army selected one of three firms which responded to its November 1985 solicitation for the mortars; (2) after comparing the firm's total production costs with its arsenal's...
Defense Management: Streamlining the Acquisition Process
T-NSIAD-89-46: Published: Aug 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1989.
GAO discussed the extent to which the Department of Defense (DOD) has implemented the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management's recommendation to establish within each service a three-tier acquisition management chain to manage major acquisition programs. GAO noted that: (1) the streamlined process required acquisition program managers to report to program executive officers (PEO)...