Special Operations Forces: Army Plans Highly Concurrent Acquisition Strategy for Costly Helicopters
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report evaluates cost, schedule, and test plans for the Armys special operations forces SOF helicopter program. Specifically, we reviewed 1 the Armys planned concurrency of prototype and operational testing with helicopter production and 2 current cost estimates for the program. The Army plans to award full-rate production contracts for SOF helicopters before it completes developmental testing and before it completes operational testing. In fact, the Army plans to have about 90 percent of its SOF helicopters either delivered or in production before the completion of operational testing.
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