Accession Number : ADA327186

Title :   Tactical Aircraft: Restructuring of the Air Force F-22 Fighter Program.

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

Personal Author(s) : Cooper, David E. ; Murphy, Robert D. ; Best, David B. ; Benson, Leonard L. ; Browning, Edward R.

PDF Url : ADA327186

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The Air Force's February 1997 plans to restructure the F-22 program is reviewed. This report presents the GAO's observations regarding the estimated cost of the restructured program and viability of cost reduction initiatives, planned timing for realization of benefits from initiatives, and criteria for approving initiation and continuation of production. An important factor that will significantly impact the cost of the restructured program, and the viability of cost reduction initiatives discussed in this report is the Quadrennial Defense Review, which was released in mid-May. This review calls for reductions in the F-22 low-rate initial production (LRIP) quantity, the total production quantity, and the production rates. Because the production quantities and rates were basic assumptions guiding the February 1997 F-22 restructuring plan, changes in the F-22 program that result from the review will require reevaluation of the cost of the program, the potential for cost reductions, and the contract strategy. Nevertheless, the information in this report provides an important historical and contextual framework for decisionmakers as they debate the issues surrounding the F-22.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TESTING, *COST ESTIMATES, *JET FIGHTERS, AVIONICS, AIR FORCE, CONTRACTS, PRODUCTION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, QUANTITY, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, RELIABILITY, PRODUCTION RATE.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE