Problems in Supporting Weapons Systems Produced by Other Countries

LCD-76-450: Published: Jan 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1977.

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Lessons concerning logistics and maintenance problems arising from the purchase of the British-built Harrier aircraft system can be applied to future procurements of weapons systems.

Maintenance and logistics support problems resulted from inadequate and untimely planning and a lack of experience in purchasing weapons systems from other countries. The Navy could not obtain necessary technical data from the United Kindgom and could not establish a system to repair the aircraft. Supply support in the United Kingdom was hindered by: competition for available spare parts, British vendors not meeting delivery schedules, and poor turn-around time for items repaired by British venders.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: In purchasing foreign weapons systems, the Secretary of Defense should promptly make logistic support analyses and develop maintenance plans to support the system, provide for a contractor to support the system until the military service can, and require that supplemental guidelines be issued for integrated logistics support planning.

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