Aircraft acquisition program (31 - 40 of 50 items)
Information on B-747 and C-5B Aircraft Cost Comparisons
MASAD-82-48: Published: Sep 21, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1982.
GAO was asked to evaluate the cost of the B-747 and C-5B aircraft, competing alternatives for airlift enhancement.GAO found that the cost estimates for the B-747 aircraft prepared by the contractor and those prepared by the Air Force vary widely because of differing estimating methods and assumptions. Major differences between the estimates for the B-747 are in the costs associated with operating...
Issues Concerning the Navy's Expendable Reliable Acoustic Path Sonobuoy and Advanced Signal Processor
C-MASAD-82-14: Published: Feb 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1982.
Sonobuoys are acoustic sensors which, when dropped into the water from aircraft, are designed to detect the presence of submarines. Signal processors on board aircraft and ships analyze sonobuoy data to enhance submarine detection, classification, and location. GAO presented its views on the major unresolved issues in developing and procuring the expendable reliable acoustic path sonobuoy (ERAPS)...
Mission Effectiveness of the AV-8B Harrier II Could Be Improved if Actions Are Taken Now
MASAD-82-19: Published: Feb 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1982.
GAO reviewed the AV-8B Harrier II program to provide Congress with a status report on its development. The AV-8B Harrier II is a light attack aircraft with vertical and short-takeoff and landing capability being developed by the Navy to provide close air support for Marine Corps amphibian forces. The AV-8B is designed to be a substantially improved version of the AV-8A aircraft currently used by t...
Opportunities Exist To Achieve Greater Standardization of Aircraft and Helicopter Seats
MASAD-82-22: Published: Feb 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1982.
GAO reviewed the efforts of the Department of Defense and the services to standardize flight life-support equipment.While formal management structures and informal agreements have resulted in several standardized life-support items, GAO found a proliferation of tactical aircraft and helicopter seat systems, the most expensive items of life-support equipment. GAO stated that greater standardization...
Realignment of Aircraft Maintenance Mission
PLRD-82-24: Published: Dec 22, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1982.
GAO was asked to reexamine the justification for the proposed realignment of the Army's aircraft maintenance mission from New Cumberland Army Depot to the Corpus Christi Army Depot in the light of the following developments: (1) the Army's personnel and dollar authorizations are no longer decreasing or projected to decrease, but are projected to increase; (2) the Army prefers to have two helicopte...
Need To Maximize RPV Use Where Suited To Save Lives and Dollars
115901: Jul 22, 1981
A GAO survey showed that the state-of-the-art was not a major barrier to using remotely piloted vehicles (RPV's) as an alternative to manned aircraft in many situations. Recovery technology was found to be the most significant technical barrier. Non-technical matters, such as airspace safety and Government regulations on RPV operations, were also viewed as moderately severe barriers. The technical...
Review of Air Force's Next Generation Trainer Aircraft Program: Department of Defense
MASAD-81-2: Published: Feb 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1981.
GAO was asked to review the Air Force's actions during the procurement of a next generation trainer aircraft for the primary phase of its two-phased undergraduate pilot training program. The questions concerned the capability of the Navy's T-34C aircraft to perform the primary phase mission, the life cycle costs of the T-34C compared to alternative aircraft, and the extent to which the Air Force i...
Department of Defense Should Resolve Major Issues Regarding Reengining the KC-135 Aircraft Before Continuing the Program
PSAD-80-80: Published: Sep 23, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1980.
A review was undertaken of the Air Force's KC-135 tanker aircraft reengining modification program. The reengining modification is a complex effort involving extensive development and testing that will reportedly provide several benefits. These include increasing KC-135 survivability, safety, fuel efficiency, and fuel off-load capability. The reengined KC-135 will also be quieter and produce fewer...
Cost Estimates for U.S. and Canadian F/A-18 Strike Fighters
PSAD-80-74: Published: Aug 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.
Information was requested on the cost of the U.S. F/A-18 strike fighter aircraft. The U.S. F/A-18 aircraft's unit cost was compared to the the same aircraft ordered by Canada.The Canadian unit cost estimate of the F/A-18 aircraft is lower than the unit cost of U.S. aircraft which will be delivered over the same time period. However, the estimate for the Canadian purchase does not include research...
Pricing of a Noncompetitive, Fixed-Price Incentive Contract for Maintenance and Modification of Three Special Purpose Aircraft
PSAD-78-9: Published: Nov 10, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1977.
Examination of the pricing of a negotiated, noncompetitive, fixed-price incentive contract awarded to E-Systems, Inc., by the Aeronautical Systems Division of the Air Force Systems Command indicated that the contract target price was overstated by as much as $1.4 million because contracting personnel did not adequately evaluate the proposal. The contract provided for the maintenance and modificati...