In the late 1980s, following the cancellation of the DIVAD
program, Air Defense did give a high level of support to the FOG-M program.
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Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger had cancelled the expensive and under-performing DIVAD
automated antiaircraft gun, the first cancellation of a major weapon ready for production in the postwar era; the Army had torn up its field operations manual, replacing it with one based on the theories of maneuver warfare favored by reformers; a prominent reformer, Chuck Spinney, had been on the cover of Time magazine; and the entire old-line Pentagon establishment was in retreat before, at most, a few dozen poorly organized critics.
Ford Motor Company's Aerospace Communications subsidiary, which developed the Divad
, as it is officially known, and delivered the first sixty-five of 618 guns the D.O.D.
In 1984, an automated anti-aircraft gun made by Ford called DIVAD
achieved a perverse distinction--it became one of the few weapons in the history of the U.S.
weapon fiasco of the 1980s, the Divad
automated antiaircraft gun, is being replaced by three types of small SAMs that incorporate clever technological variations.
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Among the regrettable high-tech weapons systems he gave the green light to: the MX missile (still no basing system), the TV-guided Maverick missile (fighter pilots become sitting ducks when they launch them), the F-18 fighter (costs more, performs worse than the planes it replaced), the Aquila Remotely Piloted Vehicle drone (worse than the Israeli version, 16 times as expensive), the DIVAD
gun (no amount of money could make it work), and the Apache helicopter (the Pentagon recently grounded the entire fleet).
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The only thing that protects Lantirn from the kind of scrutiny directed against other procurement boondoggles is that, like the late, lamented Divad
gun, it's so complicated nobody understands what it's supposed to do--so nobody can tell if it's working.
More recently, political factors weighed heavilyin the award of the infamous DIVAD
anti-aircraft gun to Ford Aerospace and Caspar Weinberger's decision to buy Lockheed's C-5B transport instead of McDonnell Douglas's C-17, which was strongly favored by the Army and Air Force.
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