Accession Number:

ADA210261

Title:

Tank Recovery Vehicle: Status of Program Acquisition and Full-Scale Engineering Development

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

This report responds to a Congressmans February 27, 1989, request that the General Accounting Office evaluate the Armys acquisition procedures for the procurement of a tank recovery vehicle. The report addresses his questions concerning 1 what criteria the Army used to make its selection of one of two competing vehicles 2 whether the M88AlEl the winning vehicle meets the Armys established requirements for a recovery vehicle, as defined in its system specifications 3 whether the Armys requirements are stringent enough to meet its mission needs 4 whether tests of the vehicles were conducted realistically and 5 how many of these vehicles the Army plans to buy and how much they will cost. The Army tested two competing recovery vehicles, one developed by the BMY Division of HARSCO Corporation and the other developed by the General Dynamics Land Systems GDLS Division. Recovery vehicles are designed to maneuver with armored battalions and perform the three main functions of towing, lifting, and winching disabled tanks. The Army used six selection criteria to evaluate the two vehicle candidates. It tested the vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland, where the Army has attempted to approximate ground and terrain conditions generally found in Germany. The Army determined that both vehicles would meet its recovery vehicles requirements, but each had operational deficiencies.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE