Aircraft acquisition program (61 - 70 of 169 items)
Tactical Aircraft: F-15 Replacement Issues
T-NSIAD-94-176: Published: May 5, 1994. Publicly Released: May 5, 1994.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) planned replacement of F-15 aircraft with F-22 tactical fighters. GAO noted that: (1) the threat of air warfare has declined since the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact; (2) Russia is unlikely to deploy any new tactical aircraft in the foreseeable future and no other country is currently developing any aircraft that is superior to the F...
Navy Modernization: Alternatives for Achieving a More Affordable Force
T-NSIAD-94-171: Published: Apr 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1994.
GAO discussed the Navy's recapitalization program, focusing on: (1) the program's affordability; and (2) alternatives that would reduce Navy costs. GAO noted that: (1) the Navy's request to recapitalize its fleet and maintain the defense industrial base may be difficult to justify given its growing affordability problem; (2) the Navy's ability to procure weapons and systems over the next 5 years i...
Tactical Aircraft: F-15 Replacement Is Premature as Currently Planned
NSIAD-94-118: Published: Mar 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the F-22 aircraft as the planned replacement for the F-15 aircraft, focusing on the: (1) potential threats that could be encountered in air-to-air combat; (2) capabilities of the F-22 and F-15 weapon systems; and (3) potential of the F-22 to be a multiservice and multimission aircraft.GAO found that: (1) the F-22 was designed to meet the threat of...
1994 Defense Budget: Potential Reductions, Rescissions, and Restrictions to RDT&E Programs
NSIAD-93-293BR: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1993.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal year (FY) 1994 budget request and prior years' appropriations for its research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) programs, focusing on: (1) potential reductions to the FY 1994 budget request; (2) rescissions to prior FY appropriations; and (3) congressional restrictions on DOD obligational authority for certain FY 1994 RDT&E programs.G...
NSIAD-93-287R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the costs and capabilities of the F/A-18E/F with the F-14D aircraft. GAO found that: (1) Navy cost and technical comparisons have determined that the F/A-18E/F would be technically superior and cheaper than the F-14D aircraft on a life-cycle basis; (2) although F-14D development and production costs are slightly lower, its operational and support c...
B-2 Bomber: Comparison of Operational Capabilities and Support Costs for 15 Versus 20 Aircraft
NSIAD-93-209: Published: Aug 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1993.
In response to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the operational and support plans for the B-2 bomber, focusing on the differences in the bomber's conventional operational capabilities, military construction funding, and operations and maintenance costs for 20 aircraft instead of 15 aircraft.GAO found that: (1) the B-2 force's size will limit its conventional missions primarily to precision str...
Naval Aviation: The Navy Is Taking Actions to Improve the Combat Capabilities of Its Tactical Aircraft
NSIAD-93-204: Published: Jul 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether certain aircraft had the capabilities needed to perform their assigned missions during Operation Desert Storm, focusing on how naval aircraft operations were affected by the availability of performance-enhancing systems used by tactical aircraft.GAO found that: (1) only one-third of the Navy's and Marine Corps' F/A-18 fighter aircraft had f...
Operation Desert Storm: Apache Helicopter Fratricide Incident
OSI-93-4: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the February 17, 1991, friendly fire incident during the Persian Gulf War, focusing on: (1) events and factors that contributed to the incident; (2) the Army's investigation of the incident and the Apaches' performance; and (3) whether the Army improperly released information identifying the gunner.GAO found that: (1) human error was the primar...
B-2 Bomber: Acquisition Cost Estimates
NSIAD-93-48BR: Published: Feb 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated cost estimates and the status of funding for the Air Force's B-2 bomber, focusing on the differences in B-2 acquisition cost estimates for different quantities of aircraft.GAO found that: (1) estimated costs for B-2 acquisition were difficult to determine due to development schedule delays, procurement schedule delays, funding restrictions, and in...
Weapons Acquisition: A Rare Opportunity for Lasting Change
NSIAD-93-15: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) major weapons acquisition issues, focusing on the cultural aspects of acquisition problems.GAO found that: (1) despite attempts to improve the acquisition process, weapons still cost more, take longer to field, often encounter performance problems, and are difficult to produce or support; (2) cost growth, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls ca...