Navy Procurement:

Option for EA-6B Aircraft Parts Should Be Reexamined

NSIAD-89-88: Published: Jan 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1989.

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GAO examined the Navy's procurement of universal exciters, a jamming pod component for its EA-6B aircraft.

GAO found that the Navy: (1) initially ordered 503 universal exciters with an option to procure about 70 additional units at a cost of $471,000 each, totalling about $33 million; (2) planned to exercise the option before it expired on January 31, 1989; and (3) established an inventory objective of 552 universal exciters to support a fleet of 159 aircraft. GAO also found that the: (1) Secretary of Defense terminated EA-6B aircraft production in July 1988, reducing the fleet to 131 aircraft; (2) Navy would only need about 453 universal exciters, if it made a corresponding inventory reduction; and (3) Navy's program office recalculated the requirement for 571 universal exciters after it discovered an error, but was unable to explain the criteria it used in making the calculation.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Navy Undersecretary reexamined the decision as GAO recommended and found that the inventory requirement supports exercise of the option to buy additional universal exciters.

    Recommendation: The Under Secretary of the Navy should direct the program office to reexamine the decision to exercise the option for 70 additional universal exciters. If the requirement for 573 units cannot be justified, the Under Secretary should direct the program office to not exercise the option for additional universal exciters.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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