Aircraft acquisition program (21 - 30 of 169 items)
Missile Defense: Knowledge-Based Process Would Benefit Airborne Laser Decision-Making
GAO-02-949T: Published: Jul 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2002.
The Air Force launched an acquisition program to develop and produce a revolutionary laser weapon system, known as the Airborne Laser, in 1996. Being developed for installation in a modified Boeing 747 aircraft, it is intended to destroy enemy ballistic missiles almost immediately after their launch. The Air Force originally estimated development costs at $2.5 billion and projected fielding of the...
Electronic Warfare: Comprehensive Strategy Needed for Suppressing Enemy Air Defenses
GAO-01-28: Published: Jan 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2001.
To suppress enemy air defenses, U.S. armed forces use specialized aircraft designed to neutralize, destroy, or temporarily degrade enemy air defense systems through either physical attack or electronic warfare. Concerns have been raised that the Air Force's decision to retire EF-111 and F-4G suppression aircraft, combined with a growing threat from increasingly sophisticated enemy air defenses, ha...
Defense Acquisitions: Air Force Operating and Support Cost Reductions Need Higher Priority
NSIAD-00-165: Published: Aug 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to reduce the Air Force's operating and support costs, focusing on: (1) operating and support cost trends; (2) cost reduction initiatives; and (3) factors influencing the success of cost reduction efforts.GAO noted that: (1) Air Force operating and support costs are growing at about 4 percent per year, even...
F-22 Aircraft: Development Cost Goal Achievable If Major Problems Are Avoided
NSIAD-00-68: Published: Mar 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Air Force's engineering and manufacturing development program for the F-22 aircraft, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the F-22 development program is meeting its performance, schedule, and cost goals; (2) whether the Air Force is likely to complete the development program as planned without exceeding the cost limitation established by the...
Depot Maintenance: Air Force Faces Challenges in Managing to 50-50 Ceiling
T-NSIAD-00-112: Published: Mar 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Air Force's 50-percent ceiling waiver, focusing on the basis for the waiver and the likelihood that the Air Force will need additional waivers in the future.GAO noted that: (1) the Secretary of the Air Force acted within his legal authority to waive the 10 U.S.C. 2466 requirement that not more than 50 percent of the funds made available for de...
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 Acquisition: Progress of the F-22 and F/A-18E/F Engineering and Manufacturing Development Programs
T-NSIAD-99-113: Published: Mar 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Air Force's F-22 and the Navy's F/A-18E/F engineering and manufacturing (EMD) programs.GAO noted that: (1) the F-22 and F/A-18E/F programs are approaching critical investment decision points, and each faces significant challenges; (2) the F-22 is approaching a decision for undertaking production activities and the E/F is getting ready to enter...
F-22 Aircraft: Issues in Achieving Engineering and Manufacturing Development Goals
NSIAD-99-55: Published: Mar 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO followed up on its report on the Air Force's F-22 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program, focusing on whether: (1) the Air Force is likely to complete the EMD program without exceeding the cost limitation established by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998; and (2) GAO had access to sufficient information to make in...
B-2 Bomber: Additional Costs to Correct Deficiencies and Make Improvements
NSIAD-98-152: Published: Jun 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the total acquisition costs of the B-2A bomber, focusing on: (1) deficiencies that must be corrected to achieve Air Force objectives for the B-2A; (2) additional costs to correct the deficiencies; and (3) the B-2A modification schedule.GAO noted that: (1) the Air Force evaluated the B-2A capability to meet several broad objectives--strike rapidly...
F-22 Aircraft: Progress of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program
T-NSIAD-98-137: Published: Mar 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1998.
GAO discussed the F-22 program, focusing on the extent to which it is meeting planned cost, schedule, and performance goals.GAO noted that: (1) the Air Force's cost estimate supporting the fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget request indicates that the F-22 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program can be completed within the adjusted statutory costs; (2) however, the F-22 EMD program has be...