Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:
Hunter System Is Not Appropriate for Navy Fleet Use
NSIAD-96-2: Published: Dec 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1995.
- Full Report:
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
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