Defense Acquisition Comanche Program Objectives Need to be Revised to More Achievable Levels
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Since 1983, the Army has been working to build its next-generation helicopter, the Comanche, with the intention of significantly expanding the Armys capability to conduct attack and reconnaissance operations in all battlefield environments, day or night and during adverse weather conditions. With a projected total acquisition cost of about 48 billion, Comanche is the Armys largest aviation acquisition program. In June 2000, the Comanche program awarded a six-year engineering and manufacturing development contract to Boeing-Sikorsky. The program office plans to begin low-rate initial production in June 2005 and full-rate production in December 2006. Current Army plans call for the acquisition of 1,213 Comanches through fiscal year 2026. Success in meeting the Comanches performance requirements largely depends on the Armys ability to meet the helicopters weight requirements and to develop and integrate advanced technologies such as the critical mission equipment package, integrated satellite communication capabilities, and on-board capability to detect and isolate equipment problems.
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