Thursday, May 25, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, May 25, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine
'IT STILL SINKS'
Army cgoat' truck loses footing
WASHINGTON (MP)-The Ar-
my conceded to a House inves-
tigating subcommittee yester-
day that its new truck, de-
signed to roar through combat
and water, has tripled in cost
and still has a tendency to sink.
Maj. Gen. Vincent Ellis, Army
deputy for materiel acquisition,
acknowledged also that the first
4,400 center-jointed, 6-wheel-
drive Gama Goat trucks deliv-
ered to the Army were sent
straight to warehouses to await
correction of steering, engine
suspension and other problems.
Chairman Otis Pike, D-N.
Y.), of a special House Ared
Services subcommittee created
to investigate the Gama Goat,
said the manufacturer, Consoli-
dated Diesel Electric Co., was
asked during field tests to look
into complaints the truck some-
times buckled in the water and
sank but the company conclud-
ed no such condition existed.
"This assurance may have
satisfied the project manager,"
Pike said, "but it did nothing
to keep the Goat afloat. In field
tests it continued to sink."
Ellis told the subcommittee
he could not dispute that or
any of Pike's other complaints
against the truck.
The general said cost of the
trucks has risen to "just under
$15,000" apiece from the origi-
nal estimate of $5,000 and blam-
ed the increase equally on Army
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP - T h e
defense in the Angela Davis case
rested its case yesterday after
calling 12 witnesses in three days
and declining to call Davis to
testify in her murder-kidnap-
The prosecution, which h a d
called 95 witnesses over seven
weeks, said it probably would
present a few rebuttal witnesses
to answer the defense's case.
The surprise witness at the
end of the defense presentation
was Soledad Brother Fleeta
Drumgo. The convict, brought to
court in chains, testified that
he knew of no plan to invade
Marin County Civic Center in
efforts to free him and two oth-
er black inmates known as the
Davis is charged with engi-
neering the alleged plot, which
ended with the death of four
persons in a shootout.
Superior Court Judge Richard
Arnason granted the prosecution
a one-day recess to summon re-
buttal witnesses, and ordered a
special court session tomorrow.
Other defense witnesses plac-
ed Davis away from the crime
scene the week before the
shootings and stated that Jona-
than had easy access to guns
they said Davis bought for the
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design changes during the de-
velopments and inflation.
Ellis insisted that "in its as-
signed role, the Gaia Goat will
perform better than any other
vehicle known in the world to-
day" and said "the Gama Goat
program has been a successful
Pike read field reports of the
new trucks experiencing 180
failures at Ft. Carson, Colo., in-
cluding burnt-out starters, bro-
ken universal joints, cracked
windshields and bent tailgates
that negated the trucks' am-
A General Accountings Gifice
report put into the subcom-
mittee's record also listed prob-
lems with overheating engines,
engine failure, center differen-
tial failure, steering problems,
suspension failures, front dif-
ferential malfunctions, and fan-
belt, transmission, and acceler-
The general and Lt. Col. Don-
ald Babers, Gama Goat project
manager, refused to give details
after the hearing but Babers
said nisone of the trucks has
sunk in regular use.
"We've had nohsinking of
Gats" Goats in the hands of
troops," Babers said.
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