Accession Number : ADA330863

Title :   Navy Aviation: V-22 Cost and Capability to Meet Requirements Are Yet to Be Determined

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

PDF Url : ADA330863

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The V-22 Osprey program was approved in 1982. The V-22 was being developed to meet joint service operational requirements that would satisfy various combat missions, including medium lift assault for the Marine Corps, search and rescue for the Navy, and special operations for the Air Force. The program advanced into full scale development in 1986. In December 1989, the Department of Defense (DoD) directed the Navy to terminate all V-22 contracts because, according to DOD, the V-22 was not affordable when compared to helicopter alternatives. DOD notified Congress that in order to satisfy the joint service requirements, the aircraft would require substantial redesign and testing. Congress continued to fund the program and in August 1992, the Acting Secretary of the Navy testified that a V-22 that met the joint service operational requirements could not be built with the funds provided. In October 1992, the Navy terminated the V-22 full scale development contract and awarded a contract to begin engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) of a V-22 variant. During the FSD phase, five prototype aircraft were built. We have been monitoring the V-22 program for the past several years.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL AVIATION, *HIGH COSTS, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, NAVAL AIRCRAFT, NAVAL BUDGETS, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : V/STOL

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE