This letter is to inform you that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Office of Special Projects is starting a review of the terminated G222 (C-27A) aircraft program.
In 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) initiated a program to provide 20 G222s to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). The G222s are twin propeller military transport aircraft built in Italy. In January 2013, the DOD Inspector General (DODIG) reported that the G222 Project Management Office (PMO) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Mission–Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) did not properly manage the effort to obtain the spare parts needed to keep the aircraft flightworthy.2
Despite spending at least $486.1 million in acquisition and sustainment costs on the program, DODIG reported that the aircraft flew only 234 of the 4,500 required hours from January through September 2012. The DODIG also concluded that an additional $200 million in Afghanistan Security Forces Funds might have to be spent on spare parts for the aircraft to meet operational requirements, noting that several critical spare parts for the aircraft were unavailable.
In December 2012, the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Air Force Mobility Programs at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center notified the contractor that it would not issue a follow-on sustainment contract. As a result, the mission capability rates and flying hours of the aircraft were negatively impacted. In March 2013, the PEO also indicated that the AAF would use an alternate aircraft to meet its long-term medium airlift requirement, effectively ending ending the G222 program.
In November 2013, I visited Afghanistan and met with Brigadier General John Michel, Commanding General for the NATO Air Training Command–Afghanistan, who explained what went wrong with the G222 program and shared the results of a “lessons learned” review designed to help prevent similar mistakes in the future.
Despite the actions taken by the NATO Air Training Command–Afghanistan, Congress remains interested in, why DOD purchased aircraft that apparently could not be sustained and what will happen to the G222s currently sitting unused at the Kabul International Airport and in Ramstein Air Force Base Germany. Therefore, SIGAR is launching a review of the terminated G222 aircraft program in response to these congressional concerns and the need to ensure that the U.S. government does not repeat the mistakes made throughout this nearly half billion dollar program. (end of excerpt)
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