Accession Number : ADA309769

Title :   M1 Tanks: Status of Proposed Overhaul Program.

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

PDF Url : ADA309769

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : House Report 104-131 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 expressed concerns about the absence of a procurement program to modernize the M1 tank fleet beyond the upgrade of existing tanks and to address new tank threats that are appearing. The report requested that the General Accounting Office(GAO) determine whether the (1) current readiness level of the M1 tank is adequate to meet its war-fighting requirements; (2) operating condition of the tanks at the National Training Center (NTC) is adequate to meet training requirements; and (3) change in repair parts funding has adversely affected uuit maintenance. The GAO was also asked to report on the status of the Army's proposed M1 tank overhaul program, which is referred to as the Abrams Integrated Management XXI (AIM XXI) program. The Army started fielding the M1 Abrams tank (the Army's main battle tank) in the early 1980s. Table 1 shows as of October 1995, there were about 7,600 M1s (in various configurations) in active and reserve Army and Marine Corps units and war reserve and prepositioned storage sites. Since the initial fielding, the Ml has undergone several modernization and enhancement upgrades.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, *ARMY PLANNING, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), MILITARY RESERVES, MARINE CORPS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, THREATS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, PROCUREMENT, MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE