Accession Number:

ADA109168

Title:

Large-Scale Production of the M1 Tank should be Delayed until its Power Train is Made More Durable

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC MISSION ANALYSIS AND SYSTEMS ACQUISITION DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

The Army has requested funds to procure 720 M1 tanks in fiscal year 1982. Although the tank has met virtually all of its major combat requirements, the tanks power train durability must be improved so that the tanks performance can measure up to its full potential. Until this is done, it would be unwise to produce the M1 in large numbers. To do so would merely increase the inventory of tanks hampered by engines requiring frequent replacement and costly maintenance. Other tank components also required frequent maintenance during testing. Whether this was generally a correctable problem of poor quality control at contractor plants, as the Army contends, or whether it will become a chronic problem remains to be seen. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE