DOD Procurement of Mi-17 Helicopters
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This letter and enclosed briefing slides responds to the Senate Armed Services Committee report 112-173 accompanying the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which directed GAO to review the Department of Defense DOD procurement of Mi-17 helicopters through Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned arms export firm. In response, we reviewed 1 the reasons for DOD s cancellation of a 2010 competitive solicitation for 21 Mi-17 helicopters 2 the extent to which DOD evaluated the availability and feasibility of alternative procurement approaches for military or civilian variants of the Mi-17 helicopter and 3 DOD s assessment of the impact that contracting directly with Rosoboronexport may have had on the risk of access to technical data, aircraft safety, and counterfeiting. To address our objectives, we reviewed key documents in the Navy and Army Mi-17 contract files, including the solicitation determination and findings source selection plan and cost and price analysis. We reviewed DOD internal memorandums, DOD audit reports, bid protest decisions, related hearing transcripts, and external DOD correspondence. We interviewed officials at DOD s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Army s Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Management Office Naval Air Systems Command Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan Army s Aviation Engineering Directorate and the Department of State. In addition, we interviewed four potential vendors of Mi-17 helicopters, selected based on their interest in past and planned Mi-17 procurements.
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