Naval Aviation:

The V-22 Osprey--Progress and Problems

NSIAD-91-45: Published: Oct 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, focusing on the: (1) status of program testing; (2) funding requirements to complete testing and development; and (3) readiness of the V-22 program for production funding in fiscal year (FY) 1991.

GAO found that: (1) the Navy's V-22 program was in the full-scale development phase of the acquisition process; (2) such development issues as unacceptable vibration, excessive weight, incomplete flight tests, and increasing costs continued to adversely affect the program; and (3) Navy production readiness reviews indicated continuing problems that affect full-scale development testing and could affect producibility.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Defense (DOD) agreed with the GAO recommendation. In response to congressional concerns, DOD cited the GAO report as a primary reason for not initiating a production effort. Congress amended legislation enabling DOD to use V-22 funds for continued development rather than production.

    Recommendation: Even if Congress decides to continue the V-22 program, the programs's status and high concurrency make it impossible to know at this point whether it will be ready for production in FY 1992 as the program office plans. As a result, prior to obligating the FY 1991 long-lead funds, the Secretary of Defense should certify that the risks of concurrency are being managed and that the V-22 program schedule is being met.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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