Aircraft acquisition program (21 - 30 of 95 items)
Navy Aviation: AV-8B Harrier Remanufacture Strategy Is Not the Most Cost-Effective Option
NSIAD-96-49: Published: Feb 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier Remanufacture program, focusing on whether it would be more cost-effective to rebuild older aircraft or procure new aircraft with increased capabilities.GAO found that the: (1) Navy estimates that it would cost between $23 million and $29.5 million to rebuild each AV-8B aircraft using refurbished parts; (2) Marines could procure new AV-8B radar attack a...
Nuclear Carrier Homeporting
NSIAD-95-146R: Published: Apr 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the possible homeporting of three nuclear aircraft carriers at two California naval shipyards. GAO noted that: (1) the Navy plans to concentrate a major portion of its Pacific fleet in San Diego and close the Long Beach Naval Air Station as a homeport; (2) although the Navy plans to have carriers at their homeports at least 50 percen...
Strategic Mobility: Serious Problems Remain in U.S. Deployment Capabilities
T-NSIAD-94-165: Published: Apr 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1994.
GAO discussed strategic mobility issues, focusing on the Department of Defense's (DOD) stated mobility requirements and mobility capabilities issues that have not been resolved. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has defined extensive strategic mobility requirements that are sensitive to the assumptions DOD used in studying the issue; (2) key assumptions about sealift capabilities were overly pessimistic, an...
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...
NSIAD-93-253R: Published: Jul 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified the net costs associated with the procurement, support, and operation and maintenance of the last five B-2 bombers. GAO noted that: (1) the procurement of 15 instead of 20 B-2 bombers could save the government $1.2 billion; (2) the procurement of certain aircraft support items may be avoidable in future years, since less support equipment is need...
Government Civil Aircraft: Longstanding Management Problems
T-GGD-92-44: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed its reviews of acquisition, management, and uses of government civilian aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) civilian agencies own at least 1,300 aircraft worth $2 billion; (2) agencies use most aircraft to satisfy special mission requirements such as firefighting and law enforcement, but 100 are configured and used for routine passenger transportation; (3) over the past 15 years, it has do...
Transportation: Status of GAO's Open Recommendations on Transportation Policies and Programs
RCED-91-112: Published: Apr 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1991.
GAO provided information on 142 open recommendations related to transportation issues to focus attention on matters that are of primary interest to congressional committees and subcommittees with transportation-related responsibilities and to supplement information it provided in its annual governmentwide report on open recommendations.GAO presented information on: (1) the impact of its work in th...
Strategic Bombers: Issues Related to the B-1B Aircraft Program
T-NSIAD-91-11: Published: Mar 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1991.
GAO discussed the B-1B bomber, focusing on the lack of: (1) an effective defensive avionics system; (2) a long-term solution to minimize engine blade failures; and (3) an effective anti-icing capability. GAO found that: (1) although the Air Force spent approximately $3.2 billion on the B-1B program, it failed to demonstrate that the system met its reduced specifications; (2) laboratory test result...
Aircraft Development: Reasons for Recent Cost Growth in the Advanced Tactical Fighter Program
NSIAD-91-138: Published: Feb 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed key factors that contributed to the $24.2-billion increase in the total estimated cost for the Air Force's advanced tactical fighter (ATF) program.GAO held that: (1) inflation accounted for approximately $16 billion, or 66 percent, of the increase; (2) such program costs as the addition of two-seat aircraft to the development and production program...
Weapons Production: Impacts of Production Rate Changes on Aircraft Unit Costs
NSIAD-91-12: Published: Dec 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the sensitivity of estimated procurement costs for military aircraft to reductions in the quantity of aircraft purchased.GAO found that: (1) aircraft procurement unit costs generally increased as their procurement rates decreased, but some mature Air Force and Navy procurement programs did not show a significant unit cost increase compared to other...