Air Force Logistics:

Procurement of C-5 Crash Damage Kits

NSIAD-89-111: Published: Jun 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1989.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the San Antonio Air Logistics Center's purchase of C-5 crash damage repair kits.

GAO found that the: (1) Air Force used data from three C-5A accidents to determine crash damage kit requirements, but those data were insufficient to accurately project the number, timing, and severity of future accidents; (2) Air Force did not make an economic analysis of the validity of the data used to establish kit requirements; (3) Air Force was developing a formal policy on crash damage kits; (4) Air Force attempted to buy parts through a tie-in to the C-5B production line in order to provide parts at about 50 percent of future costs, but delays in ordering the kits prevented it from fully achieving a tie-in; (5) contractor's proposed prices were substantially higher than those the Air Force paid for the same parts under the C-5B production contract, and did not recognize some transfers from excess stock; and (6) kits contained many small parts that were not structural parts with long lead times.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Air Force is taking action to implement the recommendation by revising its policies and regulations to include guidance on aircraft structural repair kits in the provisioning strategy of all new and major modification programs.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC), as part of the policy development effort, to formulate servicewide guidance to be used in developing and analyzing the requirements for crash damage kits.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force


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