Accession Number : ADA318401

Title :   Aviation Requirements. DoD Should Reassess the Marine Corps' Helicopter Modernization Decision.

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

PDF Url : ADA318401

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a review of the Department of Defense's efforts to reduce the types and numbers of helicopters in its inventories. GAO's objective was to determine whether the services are taking advantage of opportunities to increase commonality of helicopters within DOD. Generally, GAO found the services are taking action to reduce numbers and types of helicopters. The purpose of this research is to convey GAO's concern about the Marine Corps' plans to modernize its fleet of UH-1 (Huey) helicopters. In recent years, DOD has encouraged the services to use more of the same types of aircraft. According to DOD officials, greater commonality should result in infrastructure savings in areas such as training and program management In keeping with DOD's goal for greater commonality, Navy officials informed us that the Navy plans to replace its aging logistical support helicopter fleet with a derivative of the Army's Blackhawk. This derivative is similar to helicopters already in the Navy's fleet. The Air Force plans to piggyback on other services' procurements of Blackhawk derivatives. The Marine Corps, on the other hand, evaluated buying a Blackhawk helicopter derivative but has decided instead to upgrade approximately 100 of its Huey utility helicopters at a total program cost of $975 million, or about $9.8 million per upgrade. Active and reserve Marine Corps squadrons currently use the Huey utility helicopter to provide, among other things, airborne control and coordination, aeromedical evacuation, and search and rescue. Mthough the lluey has been used by the Marine Corps for over 20 years and is nearing the end of its useful life, the Marine Corps believes it must keep its Huey utility helicopter fleet viable until the 2020 time frame, when ajoint utility aircraft replacement program is anticipated.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *HELICOPTERS, *MARINE CORPS PLANNING, *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, MILITARY RESERVES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MARINE CORPS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT, RESCUES, AIRBORNE, REDUCTION, AERONAUTICS, REPLACEMENT, SAVINGS, UTILITY AIRCRAFT, COMMONALITY, SQUADRONS, AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION, INFRASTRUCTURE.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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