Friday, January 6, 2012
Pentagon Management of $2.6 Billion for Helicopters Questioned
Pentagon officials may be mismanaging a $2.6 billion program that buys foreign-made helicopters such as the Russian Mi-17 and provides them to U.S. allies, the Defense Department’s inspector general found.
U.S. defense officials “did not adequately manage the acquisition and support” of aircraft, the inspector general said in a one-page summary released yesterday.
The Pentagon purchases the so-called non-standard rotary wing aircraft for allies whose pilots are less accustomed to U.S.-made helicopters. The Afghanistan and Pakistan armies are among military services that fly Mi-17 helicopters. Non-standard helicopters also include the MD-530F, AW-139 and Russian-made Mi-35s. Full Story