Bradley Vehicle Test Plans:

More Information Is Needed To Fully Assess Vehicle's Survivability

NSIAD-87-179: Published: Jul 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1987.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the Army's plans to test the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

GAO found that: (1) the Army intended to test survivability enhancements on two versions of the Bradley; (2) the live-fire test plan did not provide for the firing of a statistically significant number of test rounds from certain weapons likely to be threats; (3) Army officials stated that they intended to use computer modeling to analyze the live-fire test results; (4) the operational test plans included testing against neither predominantly armored forces nor helicopters; and (5) the Army intended to use computer modeling to simulate the helicopter threat.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army report on the Bradley vehicle tests contains information on the vehicle's performance in tank-heavy battles.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the Secretary of the Army to include in the Army's evaluation of the Bradley information on the vehicle's performance in a tank-heavy environment and that this information be included in the DOD report to Congress. Although the operational test did not portray this type of scenario, the Army could obtain this information from computer simulations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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