GAO Concerns Relating to Additional EQUATE Procurements and Improvements

NSIAD-84-152: Published: Aug 17, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1984.

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While GAO has not completed a survey of the Army's Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Program, GAO identified several concerns that should be considered before awarding contracts for additional Electronic Quality Assurance Test Equipment (EQUATE) procurements and improvements.

GAO believes that additional EQUATE procurements and planned improvements need to be reassessed because: (1) a new generation of automatic test equipment will replace some EQUATE's; (2) EQUATE's in current use could be made available for other uses; (3) alternative systems could replace EQUATE at other maintenance levels, which would eliminate the need for most if not all planned improvements; and (4) some weapon system developers and test equipment users are not satisfied with EQUATE, consequently: (1) several developers have requested to use nonstandard equipment; and (2) one user has requested that the fielding of EQUATE in Europe be halted.

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