BLRIPBeyond Low Rate Initial Production
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Code] [section] 2366) for covered systems, major munitions programs, missile programs, or product improvements to a covered system, major munitions programs, or missile programs before they can proceed Beyond Low Rate Initial Production (BLRIP).
Data for the previous three years (2004-2006) showed that 35 percent of Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) phases resulted in unfavorable suitability evaluations as reported to Congress in each system's Beyond Low Rate Initial Production (BLRIP) Report (Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, 2007).
Title 10 USC [section]2399 "Operational test and evaluation of defense acquisition programs" stipulates that the Secretary of Defense may not permit Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) to proceed beyond Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) until initial OT&E (or IOT&E) is completed and the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has submitted a report (commonly referred to as the "BLRIP report" [the B stands for "beyond"]), stating whether the operational test was adequate and the results confirm that the system is effective and suitable.