Review of Army Procurement of AVRE 6.5-Inch Demolition Guns

B-121138: Published: Jan 1, 1955. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1955.

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In connection with a review of procurement procedures at the Ordnance Procurement Center in London, England, the European Branch of the General Accounting Office examined the records relating to an Army contract dated May 29, 1953, for the purchase of 100 6.5-inch AVRE demolition guns from the British Ministry of Supply.

Our examination, together with later discussions with Army representatives in Washington, D.C., disclosed serious deficiencies both in the coordination of the requirement and procurement aspects of the contract and in the coordination of the procurement of the gun and the procurement of the vehicular mount essential to the operation of the gun.

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