Test & Evaluation

Beyond LRIP Report to Congress

The Beyond Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Report is a report generated before the Full-Rate Production Decision Review (FRPDR) by the office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation and provided to the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary (A&S), and the armed services committees of Congress. The report is directed by 10 U.S.C. 2399 and is intended to evaluate the results of the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for a Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP).

At the conclusion of IOT&E, the Director prepares a report stating the opinion of the Director as to [1]

  • Whether the T&E performed were adequate;
  • Whether the results of such T&E confirm that the items or components actually tested are effective and suitable for combat, and
  • Additional information on the operational capabilities of the items or components that the Director considers appropriate based on the testing conducted.

If a decision is made to proceed to operational use before the Full-Rate Production Decision Review (FRPD) is completed, the DOT&E may issue an Interim BLRIP Report based on available information and deliver the completed BLRIP Report at a later date. A BLRIP Report may be issued by the DOT&E for each ensuing increment of the weapon system.

There are two (2) reports which must be sent to Congress prior to the Full-Rate Production Decision (FRPD) in the Acquisition Process:

  1. Live Fire Test & Evaluation (LFT&E) Report
  2. Beyond Low Rate Initial Production (BLRIP) Report

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Updated: 6/5/2018

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