Accession Number:

ADA285417

Title:

Army Acquisition: Commercial Components Used Extensively in Tactical Trucks

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

This report reviews the Armys use of commercial technology in tactical trucks. Specifically, the commercial technology used in the production of the Armys Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles FMTV, the Heavy Equipment Transporter System HETS, and the line haul and the Light Equipment Transporter LET tractor trucks. The objectives were to determine 1 whether the Army could meet its tactical truck requirements through purchasing purely commercial or off-the-shelf trucks 2 if this was not feasible, what modifications contractors had to make to existing commercial trucks or what actions contractors had to take to meet the Armys requirements and 3 the Armys requirements that limit the use of off-the-shelf commercial trucks. Key operational requirements prevent the Army from buying pure commercial or off- the-shelf trucks to meet its tactical truck needs. However, the Army is making extensive use of commercial technology and commercial components in the tactical trucks it buys. For the four tactical truck systems reviewed, the manufacturers of these systems used commercial trucks as baselines for their systems and generally used commercial manufacturing practices and components to produce tactical trucks. In addition to such operational requirements as tactical mobility, deployability and transportability, and survivability, Department of Defense DOD standards and Army policies place demands upon contractors beyond what are found in the commercial marketplace. For example, contractors must undergo rigorous testing procedures, develop more detailed technical manuals, use standard parts already in the Armys inventory system, and adopt military quality standards.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Machinery and Tools
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE