Electronic Warfare:

Laser Warning System Production Should Be Limited

NSIAD-93-14: Published: Jan 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 1993.

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GAO evaluated the Army's test program for the AVR-2 laser warning system and a newly modified version designated as AVR-2A, focusing on whether the testing justified the systems' full-rate production status.

GAO found that: (1) the performance capability of AVR-2 and AVR-2A has not been proven, since neither system has been subjected to operational tests to ensure satisfactory performance; (2) the Army planned to rely on technical tests to demonstrate system performance instead of operational tests; (3) AVR-2 failed to demonstrate acceptable performance in its initial operational tests and, therefore, was redesigned; and (4) production of AVR-2 and AVR-2A should be minimized until successful completion of operational tests.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD stated that further production of the AVR-2 was in abeyance pending resolution of problems revealed in testing. Additional follow-on testing revealed further problems, resulting in a halt in the testing. DOD also stated that the AVR-2A would be further tested, as GAO advocated, and that production rates for that system would be reduced if warranted by the upcoming test results. Based on GAO's work, Congress reduced FY 1993 funding for the AVR-2, and the Army reduced its FY 1994 budget request for the AVR-2 before submitting it to Congress. DOD stated that the Army had since resolved system performance problems and could continue production with no restrictions.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require that production of AVR-2 and AVR-2A be minimized until operational testing provides reasonable assurance that performance is satisfactory.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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