Defense Acquisitions: Achieving B-2A Bomber Operational Requirements.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Operational testing indicated that the B-2A met most operational requirements, but four significant deficiencies were identified that will limit or, under some circumstances, slow its pace in flight operations. These deficiencies included 1 incomplete development of the ground mission planning system, 2 limited situational awareness for the crew because defensive avionics do not provide the planned capability, 3 insufficient reliability and maintainability of low observable materials and features, and 4 inability to effectively operate B-2As from operational sites other than the main operating base in Missouri. A March 1999 Air Force assessment of progress on correcting the deficiencies confirmed that three of the four had not been remedied, but that one-development of the ground mission planning system-was nearly corrected. Although the Air Force is taking steps to improve B-2A operational capabilities, it does not expect to incorporate all improvements before the next planned operational milestone, known as Full Operating Capability, which is scheduled to occur by June 30,1999.
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