Accession Number : ADA304930

Title :   Navy Aviation: AV-8B Harrier Remanufacture Strategy is Not the Most Cost-Effective Option.

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

PDF Url : ADA304930

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : Introduced in 1993, the AV-8B aircraft wIth night attack and radar capabilities enhances pilots' abilities to locate and destroy targets under conditions of marginal weather, limited visibility (smoke, dust, or haze), and darkness. The two previously produced models had significant limitations. The day attack model, the first version of the aircraft procured by the U.S. Marines in 1982, has limited capability during the hours of darkness because the pilots cannot refer to the terrain and horizon to assist in maneuver, navigation, and attack. The night attack version, introduced into the fleet in 1989, has increased capabilities over the day attack version but still has limitations. Its Angle Rate Bombing System, used by the day and night attack models for weapons aiming and delivery, is not effective at night or during adverse weather conditions. In addition, the night attack version's forward looking infrared system, which assists in navigation during hours of darkness, is degraded by air moisture.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL AVIATION, *AIRCRAFT, *MANUFACTURING, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *AIR, *ATTACK AIRCRAFT, *AIMING, ANGLES, WEATHER, SKILLS, FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED SYSTEMS, MODELS, NIGHT WARFARE, RATES, RADAR, TERRAIN, DUST, SMOKE, NAVIGATION, DARKNESS, WEAPON CONTROL, VISIBILITY, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, DAY, MANEUVERS, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, MOISTURE, INFRARED EQUIPMENT, HAZE, BOMBING.

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE