Accession Number : ADA317437

Title :   Tactical Aircraft: F-15 Replacement is Premature as Currently Planned.

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

PDF Url : ADA317437

Report Date : 25 MAR 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : In December 1993, a report was issued to the House and Senate Committees on Armed Services and the Subcommittees on Defense, Committees on Appropriations, a classified report on the F-22 as the planned replacement for the F-15. This is an unclassified version of that report. The report presents the results of the first of a series of reviews to conduct on the F-22 program. We currently have underway a review of the program's development progress and a review of the management of F-22 software development. The development and production of F-22 air superiority fighters is estimated to cost $99.1 billion (then-year dollars). The F-22, with operational capability planned for 2003, is designed to replace the Air Force's F-15 air superiority fighter, which began operations in the mid-1970s. To ascertain why the F-22 was needed to replace the F-15, we have evaluated information provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) describing performance characteristics of foreign weapon systems that may be encountered in air-to-air combat, and compared it with features of the F-15 weapon system. Considering the huge investments required for tactical aviation modernization programs, we also evaluated whether the F-22, as designed, had the potential for joint use among the services and for use in multiple missions, which are being emphasized by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. Appendix I contains our review's scope and methodology.

Descriptors :   *COSTS, *REPLACEMENT, *MILITARY PLANNING, *TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY, ACQUISITION, INVESTMENTS, PRODUCTION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, COMPARISON, AERIAL WARFARE, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, MILITARY BUDGETS, MULTIMISSION, AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTERS.

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE