Army Acquisition:

Problems With the Sense and Destroy Armor Munition

NSIAD-94-59: Published: Nov 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1993.

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GAO reviewed the Army's Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM) program to determine: (1) whether the SADARM projectile will be ready for low-rate initial production in fiscal year 1994; (2) the Army's current schedule and cost projections for SADARM; (3) whether the Army has fully justified its need for SADARM; and (4) whether other weapon systems exist that could satisfy the Army's mission.

GAO found that: (1) the SADARM projectile is not ready for low-rate initial production because the munition has not demonstrated the required level of reliability during development testing and the Army has not resolved concerns regarding the contractor's production ability; (2) the SADARM program is nearly 7 years behind the Army's original production schedule; (3) the Army estimates that low-rate initial production will begin in 1996 and full-rate production will begin in 1998; (4) although the total cost of the SADARM program is estimated at $5.4 billion, the Army will procure about 68 percent fewer munitions than originally planned; and (5) the Army's justification for SADARM does not fully support its conclusion that SADARM is the best way to defeat self-propelled threat artillery.

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