Bigeye Bomb:

Evaluation of Operational Tests

PEMD-89-29: Published: Aug 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1989.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO analyzed the Department of Defense's (DOD) operational testing of the Bigeye bomb and related developmental issues.

GAO found that: (1) while Bigeye met the criterion for agent deposition density, it failed to meet two key operational criteria for accuracy and overall reliability; (2) the delivery aircraft's computer could not calculate weapons release points quickly enough; (3) the delivery aircraft's maximum delivery speed was too slow for effective aircraft operation; and (4) DOD could make its measures of the weapons' operational effectiveness more precise, since the reliability achieved in the operational tests was considerably lower than the DOD estimate.

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