Need To Examine ALR-74 Radar Warning Receiver Program Schedule

MASAD-82-23: Published: Mar 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the need to upgrade or replace radar warning receivers in tactical aircraft.

The review revealed that the Air Force is pursuing the acquisition of the ALR-74 radar warning receiver to introduce into operation on more than a thousand F-16 and approximately 700 A-10 aircraft at the earliest feasible date. However, the program offices for the F-16 and A-10 believe that, because the schedule does not provide sufficient time for important installation studies, cost redesign and retrofit may be required if the installed receiver is found to be incompatible with other onboard avionics. Further, in the case of the F-16, the program office is concerned that, in its final design, the ALR-74 receiver may interfere with the orderly accomplishment of a larger overall improvement program involving many F-16 avionics items.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Air Force to examine the ALR-74 acquisition schedule to assure that risks of cost and schedule overruns will be minimal if the current acquisition schedule is maintained. If this assurance cannot be provided, then a revised acquisition schedule should be established that will permit timely incorporation of installation studies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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