ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 05, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Controversy over military's push to replace jeep with HUMMWV, or Hummer (high mobility multi-purpose vehicle), examined; jeep's historical role in military recalled. [Senator Dan QUAYLE - considers most jeeps obsolete.] AM General promotional film of HUMMWV shown; cost of HUMMWV, produced by LTV division, and its capabilities discussed. Army audit's discovery of design problems and later substantiation of concerns in General Accounting Office report outlined on screen. [General Accounting Office spokesperson James FORSBERG - feels vehicle isn't ready for production.] Army's rationalization of design problems and contract with AM General which allowed company to continue testing HUMMWV while production began noted. [QUAYLE - claims contractor has rectified all problems at its own expense.] Problems encountered in initial HUMMWV tests and still unresolved detailed. [Army undersecretary James AMBROSE - claims problems are being solved.] Corrective actions currently underway by AM General listed on screen. [Senator William ROTH - notes HUMMWV is being produced without field testing of design changes.] [AMBROSE - defs. program.]
REPORTER: Peter Lance
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