Military aircraft (11 - 20 of 78 items)
Military Aircraft: Considerations in Reviewing the Air Force Proposal to Lease Aerial Refueling Aircraft
GAO-03-1048T: Published: Jul 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2003.
This testimony discusses the Air Force's report on the planned lease of 100 Boeing 767 aircraft modified for aerial refueling. These aircraft would be known by a new designation, KC-767A. Section 8159 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2002 authorizes the Air Force to lease up to 100 KC-767A aircraft. We received the report required by section 8159 when it was sent to...
Military Aircraft: Information on Air Force Aerial Refueling Tankers
GAO-03-938T: Published: Jun 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2003.
Both the Congress and the Department of Defense are concerned about the age of the U.S. aerial refueling fleet and its potential impact on the military services' ability to meet operational requirements. Aerial refueling provides a key capability that is essential to the mobility of U.S. forces. At present, the Air Force is in the early stages of planning for modernizing its aging fleet. In this t...
Air Force Aircraft: Preliminary Information on Air Force Tanker Leasing
GAO-02-724R: Published: May 15, 2002. Publicly Released: May 15, 2002.
GAO addressed the Air Force's plan to replace a portion of its KC-135 aerial refueling tanker fleet with leased Boeing 767 aircraft. Although the Air Force has a long term requirement to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 tankers, the urgency of the need in the short term is unclear. The Air Force stated that the leasing arrangement would allow it to acquire new tankers three years earlier than thr...
Military Aircraft Safety: Serious Accidents Remain at Historically Low Levels
NSIAD-98-95BR: Published: Mar 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on military aircraft safety, focusing on the: (1) number and rate of serious accidents, including related fatalities, destroyed aircraft, and the value of lost aircraft over the last 2 fiscal years; and (2) views of the Department of Defense (DOD) safety officials on whether operating tempo or availability of spare parts have been contr...
Air Force Rationale for JDAM Production Decision
NSIAD-97-176R: Published: Jun 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Air Force's response to its letter expressing concern that the Air Force might be making a premature commitment to significant production of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) before demonstrating through operational testing that the JDAM could meet key performance parameters.GAO noted that: (1) its review indicates that, although the initial production decision was made in Apri...
Inventory Management: The Army Could Reduce Logistics Costs for Aviation Parts by Adopting Best Practices
NSIAD-97-82: Published: Apr 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's logistics system for aviation parts, focusing on: (1) the current performance of the Army's logistics system; (2) the Army's efforts to improve the logistics system and reduce costs; and (3) opportunities where best practices could be incorporated into the Army's logistics operations. GAO did not test or otherwise validate the Army's dat...
Joint Direct Attack Munition: Low-Rate Initial Production Decision
NSIAD-97-116R: Published: Mar 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Joint Direct Attack Munition's (JDAM) readiness to begin low-rate initial production, focusing on the possibility that the Air Force could decide to award a contract for initial production before it conducts operational testing.GAO noted that: (1) the developmental test plan calls for captive carry tests and guided test drops from three aircraft before the April decision point; (2...
Military Aircraft Used for Operational Support Airlift
NSIAD-96-181R: Published: Jun 12, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on military aircraft used for operational support airlift (OSA) missions and the Department of Defense's (DOD) response to prior GAO recommendations on the use of such aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has revised its policies to ensure that senior executive branch officials' use of certain Air Force aircraft is appropriate and consiste...
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...
Military Aircraft Safety: Significant Improvements Since 1975
NSIAD-96-69BR: Published: Feb 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed military aircraft accidents involving fatalities or severe aircraft damage, also known as Class A flight mishaps, focusing on: (1) historical trends in Class A mishaps; (2) the causes of such mishaps and how the causes are investigated; and (3) actions taken to avoid Class A mishaps.GAO found that: (1) Department of Defense (DOD) aviation safety ha...