Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

Hunter System Is Not Appropriate for Navy Fleet Use

NSIAD-96-2: Published: Dec 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1995.

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GAO reviewed the Navy's Joint Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program, focusing on the development of a shipboard variant of the Hunter UAV for the Navy's use.

GAO found that: (1) the Joint Tactical UAV Projects Office's plans to proceed with the acquisition of the Hunter shipboard variant even though Navy fleet commanders oppose its deployment on Navy ships; (2) the Navy's participation in the Hunter UAV program is expected to continue until system performance testing is completed; (3) Navy fleet commanders oppose the system's shipboard deployment because they do not believe it will meet their UAV performance and space requirements; and (4) fleet commanders are expected to complete their assessment of UAV shipboard requirements by May 1996.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD has cancelled the Hunter Program.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should stop all acquisitions of shipboard variants of the Hunter UAV System until the Navy: (1) allows fleet commanders to complete their assessments of shipboard UAV requirements; (2) resolves the issue of whether Hunter will meet those requirements; and (3) determines whether fleet commanders will use Hunter if Navy acquisition officials procure it.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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