Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the basis for the November 1995 recommendation by the Defense Acquisition Board that a fleet of 120 C-17s be acquired to meet airlift needs, focusing on: (1) whether less costly options exist to meet airlift needs; and (2) the use of the C-17 to support a strategic brigade airdrop.
Matter for Congressional Consideration
|Because of the potential savings of over $7 billion and the relative contribution of the final 20 C-17s, Congress may wish to consider funding only 100 C-17s and requiring DOD to reexamine the decision to acquire 120 C-17s. DOD can meet mission requirements by employing various relatively low cost options and by extending the use of alternatives for accomplishing the longer range brigade air drop.||Congress authorized the full buy of 120 C-17's under the C-17 settlement agreement.|
|Before approving the acquisition of the final 20 C-17s primarily to support the brigade airdrop mission, Congress should require that DOD certify that the aircraft's wake turbulence problems have been solved.||Congress has approved the settlement plan on the C-17 for production of all 120 C-17's.|