Accession Number : ADA323412

Title :   Military Airlift. Options Exist for Meeting Requirements While Acquiring Fewer C-17s.

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

PDF Url : ADA323412

Report Date : 18 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The Congress had expressed concern about whether the C-17 was the most cost-effective airlifter for the Air Force to procure, given the aircraft's history of cost, schedule, and performance problems. The Congress had required the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish a Non-Developmental Airlift Aircraft program to acquire a commercially available transport aircraft as a substitute for or complement to a fleet of C-17s. As a result of a November 1995 decision by the Defense Acquisition Board, DOD plans to buy 120 C-17s and no commercially available transport aircraft. DOD concluded that the advantages of buying the C-17 outweighed any potential cost savings from acquiring a mixed fleet. Given the $43 billion price for the C-17 program, Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse asked GAO to explore whether less costly alternatives to procuring 120 aircraft exist while still satisfying the nation's airlift requirements. This report responds to that request.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *JET TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, ACQUISITION, PRODUCTION, COSTS, SAVINGS, AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE BUDGETS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE