Aircraft acquisition program (61 - 70 of 95 items)
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...
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...
Adoption of Preplanned Product Improvement Techniques Can Reduce Cost of Improving Effectiveness of Systems During Their Lifetime
MASAD-81-39: Published: Aug 13, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1981.
GAO surveyed Department of Defense (DOD) plans for modifying major weapon platforms to identify ways of reducing the time for fielding modified systems, reducing their costs, and increasing their level of operational readiness.Preplanned product improvement can help maximize long-term weapon platform effectiveness and concurrently enable DOD to keep pace with advances in technology and changes in...
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...
DOD Should Resolve Certain Issues Concerning the C-X Aircraft
PSAD-81-8: Published: Oct 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1980.
The Air Force formed a taskforce with Army and Marine Corps participation to define future airlift requirements for the worldwide deployment of U.S. forces. The taskforce analysis revealed significant shortfalls in the capability of the United States to provide long-range intertheater airlift to meet worldwide rapid mobility requirements. It recognized that the United States does not currently hav...
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...
Air Force Justification for Storing Its Advanced Medium Short Takeoff and Landing Prototype Aircraft
PSAD-80-56: Published: Jun 16, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1980.
The Air force has decided to store its four advanced medium short takeoff and landing (STOL) transport prototype aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The advanced medium STOL transport (AMST) prototype program was developed to provide a potential replacement for other military transports and to demonstrate that a tactical airlift aircraft could be built at a reasonable cost to delive...
Naval Aircraft Accidents During Launch and Recovery Operations
LCD-79-432: Published: Sep 24, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1979.
Over the past 5.5 years, 730 accidents have occurred involving naval airplanes. These accidents have resulted in substantial aircraft damage, aircraft losses, and some crew fatalities. There was reason to believe that some of the crashes were caused by defects in the catapult and arresting-gear equipment.Not all accidents occurred during carrier operations, and only 29 of the accidents were associ...
Aerial Fire Support Weapons: How Useful Would They Be in a European Conflict?
PSAD-79-65: Published: Jun 11, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1979.
In a possible European conflict, the effectiveness and survivability of aerial fire support weapons assisting ground forces could be seriously limited by adverse battlefield conditions. More than $8 billion is to be spent for these systems over the next several years. For close air support, the Air Force is producing the A-10 attack aircraft, equipped with the 30-millimeter GAU-8 cannon and the Ma...