Accession Number : ADA310864

Title :   Precision-Guided Munitions: Acquisition Plans for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

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

PDF Url : ADA310864

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The Air Force and Navy are developing the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to attack, at nearly any time, high-value, well-defended targets while allowing the launch aircraft to stay outside the range of enemy defenses. We reviewed the JASSM acquisition plan under our basic legislative responsibilities because (1) the program has congressional interest, (2) it is a major acquisition program, and (3) we wanted to determine how the Air Force plans to overcome the difficulties in meeting stringent requirements similar to those of the canceled Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM). This report, which contains a matter for congressional consideration, is addressed to you because your committees have jurisdiction over this area. This report discusses (1) the Air Force's plan to use a new acquisition process that balances capability and affordability requirements for acquiring JASSM, (2) schedule and cost risks because of the immaturity of essential technology and the complexity of integrating JASSM with multiple aircraft, (3) the Air Force's plan to acquire 35 pilot production missiles early in development that may not be needed, and (4) the need to strengthen the Navy's commitment to the program.

Descriptors :   *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, *NAVAL PROCUREMENT, *PRECISION BOMBING, *STANDOFF MISSILES, AIRCRAFT, ACQUISITION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, AMMUNITION, LAUNCHING, ENEMY, GUIDED WEAPONS, AIR FORCE PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE