Army's Decision to Begin Production of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Was Premature
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The Armys decision to award a full-scale production contract was premature in view of reliability problems disclosed in the operational tests. Also, using a multiyear contract presupposes that the systems design is stable. Additional operational testing should have been performed before large sums of production dollars were committed. The design of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle was not stable as evidenced by the numerous design changes being made to the first production vehicles to correct hardware problems experienced during prototype testing. The Department of Defense believes it had sufficient basis for awarding the contract.
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