Weapon Systems:

Issues Concerning the Army's Light Helicopter Family Program

NSIAD-86-121: Published: May 22, 1986. Publicly Released: May 22, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's Light Helicopter Family (LHX) program, specifically: (1) acquisition costs; (2) affordability; (3) operation and support costs; (4) requirements; (5) technical risks; (6) acquisition strategy; and (7) program alternatives.

GAO found that the LHX program's goals of replacing the aging helicopter fleet with aircraft that would outperform the older aircraft and be less expensive to operate and support are worthy. However, GAO believes it is too early to comment on the program's prospects for success since there are major difficulties to overcome to achieve the program's goals.

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