Accession Number:

ADA364217

Title:

Defense Acquisitions: Achieving B-2A Bomber Operational Requirements.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-06-10

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Bombers
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE