Army Justified Initial Production Plan for the Paladin Integrated Management Program but Has Not Resolved Two Vehicle Performance Deficiencies (Redacted)
Department of Defense Inspector General Alexandria United States
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We determined whether the Army effectively managed the Paladin Integrated Management PIM program during the production and deployment phase.Specifically, we evaluated whether program officials justified the low-rate initial production plan and whether test plans and results adequately prepared the program for full-rate production. This report is the first in a series of reports on the Army PIM program, which includes ammunition carriers and projectile-firing armored vehicles, called howitzers, for use in ground combat. During full-rate production, the Army will complete PIM vehicle production. FindingPIM program officials justified their plan to produce 133 initial production vehicles. The plan included 33 test vehicles and 100 production vehiclesthe minimumnecessary to maintain the production line and gradually increase production before full-rate production. Further, PIM program officials initiated system fixes to address seven of the nine performance deficiencies identified by the test community during the system development phase. PIM program officials also updated test plans to evaluate vehicle performance before full-rate production.