Accession Number : ADA182893

Title :   Bradley Vehicle Test Plans: More Information is Needed to Fully Assess Vehicle's Survivability.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA182893

Report Date : 23 Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The National Defense Authorization Act of 1987 required the Secretary of Defense to perform live fire and operational testing of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. This legislation also required us to review the Department of Defense's (DOD's) test plans for both types of tests, to monitor and report on the tests, and to evaluate the Secretary's report to the Congress on the test results. This report presents our evaluation of the test plans. We will report our evaluations of the live fire and operational test and of the Secretary's report when they are completed. A more detailed analysis of the issues concerning the plans for testing the Bradley is contained in appendix I. We reviewed DOD's live fire and operational test plans as well as its plans for evaluating the results. The plans are extensive in scope and could lead to much useful information about the vehicle's vulnerability and survivability in combat. Some important analyses are not required by the plans to be included in the report to the Congress. However, Army officials have decided to include virtually all of the data in that report. These analyses, coupled with a proper evaluation of the test results, should provide the Congress with the information necessary for an understanding of the Bradley's vulnerability and potential for surviving.

Descriptors :   *TEST AND EVALUATION, *COMBAT VEHICLES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LEGISLATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE, OPERATION, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, PLANNING, SURVIVABILITY, FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE), VEHICLES, TRACKED VEHICLES, VULNERABILITY

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE