Status of the Air Force's C-17 Aircraft Program

T-NSIAD-90-48: Published: Jun 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1990.

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GAO discussed the C-17 aircraft program, focusing on cost increases, schedule problems, and the risks of concurrency. GAO found that: (1) the Secretary of Defense restructured the C-17 program significantly by reducing the program from 210 to 120 production aircraft, the fiscal year (FY) 1991 budget request from 6 to 2 aircraft, and advanced procurement funds from 12 to 6 aircraft for FY 1992; (2) the restructuring will reduce the President's budget request for FY 1991 and FY 1992; (3) the reductions will allow more time for flight testing before the production rate increases, reducing concurrency; and (4) the Air Force is refining the reduction by calculating specific cost and schedule impacts.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: A report is currently being prepared that will include a similar recommendation. After the report is issued, GAO will followup as appropriate.

    Matter: Congress should consider further reducing the proposed FY 1991 buy of two C-17 aircraft and the advanced procurement funds for six aircraft in FY 1992.


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