Electronic Warfare:

Faulty Test Equipment Impairs Readiness of Army Helicopters

NSIAD-92-128: Published: Apr 17, 1992. Publicly Released: May 20, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the adequacy of test equipment used by the Army to maintain electronic warfare systems.

GAO found that: (1) inadequate test equipment impairs the Army's ability to conduct and sustain air combat with operable electronic warfare systems; (2) inadequate test equipment often inaccurately indicates the combat readiness of the systems and does not enable the timely diagnosis and repair of system malfunctions; and (3) the Army failed to demonstrate the test equipment's adequacy in realistic operational testing before producing and deploying electronic warfare systems.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Although DOD agreed with the recommendation, the DOD response indicated that no action was to be taken. Instead, DOD cited its policies which, if followed, would meet the intent of the recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Army deploys proven test equipment with electronic warfare systems so that they can be effectively maintained. In implementing this recommendation, the Secretary should require that controls be established over the Army's electronic warfare system operational test programs to ensure that tests are valid demonstrations of system test equipment performance.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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