Defense Acquisitions: Readiness of the Marine Corps┐ V-22 Aircraft for Full-Rate Production
In a letter to Sec. of Defense Cohen, dated Dec. 15, 2000, the author stated that the Marine Corps┐ V-22 aircraft was not ready for full-rate production & that the Sec. had made a prudent decision to defer that production decision until the V-22 Blue Ribbon Panel reports its findings. This report to Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld explains that conclusions about the program┐s readiness for full-rate production are based on ┐best practices┐ work that has identified practices used by successful commercial & defense programs to develop & produce quality products in significantly less time & at lower costs. Reviews of major weapon systems has shown that failure to follow these practices has led to cost increases, schedule delays, & performance problems. Ill.
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ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE aerial refueling air combat maneuvering airspeed Autorotation Briefing Support Material controlled flight cost and schedule Current V-22 Effort DEFERRED deficiencies development tests DEVELOPMENTAL FLIGHT TESTING documents DOT&E cont DOT&E Operational Test DOT&E report downwash Evaluation Report Quotes false alarm rate fast rope flight conditions flight control flight envelope Full-Rate Production high rate HROD icing conditions impact in-flight refueling INSURV involve multiple MV-22s JANUARY 12 Limitations Reduced Testing loss of controlled MAJOR CONCERNS RAISED Marine Corps Material Vortex Ring mishap MV-22 aircraft nacelle NATOPS Navy Operational Realism Operational Test Waivers OPEVAL DATABASE OPS prohibited Point 3 Production prior to OPEVAL produced within cost proprotor RAISED IN OPEVAL rate of descent Realism Page 12 refueling rescue hoist Ring State cont rotorcraft Significant Risk Support Material Vortex swashplate Test and Evaluation Testing for Operational TESTING WAS DELETED uncommanded Waivers and Limitations waivers requested wake turbulence