Accession Number : ADA289662

Title :   Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) Low Rate Initial Production.

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

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Report Date : 21 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : During our review of the Army's testing of its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) we identified an issue that we believe requires immediate attention. The Army is planning to modify its FMTV contract to increase the number of vehicles authorized for Low Rate Initial production (LRIP). The Army's justification for this modification is to prevent a break in production. We believe the contract should not be modified because the FMTV's testing has not demonstrated that it is operationally suitable. We further believe that the current contract authorizes a sufficient numoer of vehicles under LRIP to maintain production until scheduled testing can be completed. The Congress has been concerned about the sometimes significant quantity of systems produced during LRIP before operational testing has demonstrated the systems are operationally suitable for fielding. We recently reported that many of the weapon systems that start production prematurely later experience significant operational effectiveness and/or suitability problems. These problems are often found after a substantial number of units have been produced and a significant financial commitment has been made. pg 1 swr

Descriptors :   *PRODUCTION, *MILITARY VEHICLES, TEST AND EVALUATION, CONGRESS, CONTRACTS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, QUANTITY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, VEHICLES, ARMY PLANNING, LOW RATE.

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE