Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's acquisition plan for the Longbow Apache modernization program, focusing on whether the: (1) plan is designed to identify and correct potential problems before entering full-rate production; and (2) requirements used to evaluate the Longbow Apache will effectively measure its key performance capabilities.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to amend the Longbow Apache's requirements document and program baseline to include the current reliability requirements mean time between mission-affecting failure and mean time between essential maintenance actions, and also amend the requirements document to include mean time between unscheduled maintenance actions.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to revise the Army's definition of maintenance man-hours per flight hour to include, as directed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, all time related to maintenance work on the aircraft so that an adequate number of maintenance personnel will be provided.|