Accession Number : ADA308884

Title :   C-17 Aircraft: Cost of Spare Parts Higher Than Justified.

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

PDF Url : ADA308884

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The C-17 is being developed and produced by McDonnell Douglas. The Congress has authorized procurement of 40 C-17 aircraft through fiscal year 1996. As of October 1,1995, McDonnell Douglas had delivered 22 production aircraft to the Air Force. In November 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced plans to buy an additional 80 C-17 aircraft. In addition to procuring the aircraft, the Air Force is purchasing spare parts to support the C-17. The Air Force estimates the total cost for initial spares-the quantity of parts needed to support and maintain a weapon system for the initial period of operation-for the first 40 C-17s to be about $888 million. In January 1994, we reported that the Air Force had frequently ordered C-17 spare parts prematurely. We noted that premature ordering occurred because the Air Force used inaccurate and outdated information, bought higher quantities than justified, or did not follow regulations governing the process. As a result, DOD revised its guidance to limit the initial procurement of spares, and the Air Force canceled orders for millions of dollars of C-17 parts. Initial spares for the C-17 are being procured under two contracts. Some are being provided under the C-17 development contract through interim contractor support. That support, which started in mid-1993, involves providing spares and technical support for two C-17 squadrons through June 1996. As of May 31, 1995, the Air Force had spent about $198 million for interim contractor support. The remaining initial spares are being procured under contract F33657-81-C-2109 (referred to in this report as contract-2109). Under this contract, the Air Force, as of May 31, 1995, had obligated $120 million for initial spares, but negotiated prices for only about $29 million of the spares.

Descriptors :   *JET TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, *SPARE PARTS, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, QUANTITY, ESTIMATES, COSTS, LIMITATIONS, PROCUREMENT, GUIDANCE, AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, NEGOTIATIONS.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft

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