Skip to comments.U.S. Destroys $500M Planes, Sells for 6 Cent Scrap
Posted on 10/10/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT by mykroar
Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program.
The Department of Defense purchased for the AAF a total of 20 Italian-made G222 military transport planes at a cost of $486 million. However, the fleet was grounded in March 2013 after sustained, serious performance, maintenance, and spare parts problems were discovered, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
After sitting unused for some time on the tarmac at Kabul International Airport, the Afghan military decided to destroy 16 of the planes and sell the scrap metal for roughly 6 cents per pound, according to SIGAR, which has launched an investigation to determine how such a large amount of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the fleet.
SIGAR had intended to inspect the aircraft as part of its investigation and appears to have been caught off guard by the fleets destruction.
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muslims add value to everything they touch...
I’d give them 7 cents.
Sort of sums up the policies of the BO administration . . . We have a kleptocracy; Afghanistan has a kleptocracy. The only difference is that we have more that can still be looted.
So did the Afghans screw them up, or were the planes Italian junk from the start?
Horrible. The Coast Guard could use these aircraft.
What they really wanted all along were toyota pickups with machine guns.
Another Distinguished Graduate of the School of 0bamanomics.
No bias in the title.
Half a BILLION dollars flushed away, for seventh century Muslims.
And we borrowed that money from China too.
About one week after we leave Afghanistan, the Taliban will be in control.
What a waste.
Afghani military just emulating Øbola’s wildly successful Cash-for-Clunkers program.
It did create some shovel ready jobs
I hear they tried to give them to county police departments first . . . .
They look kinda like a 2 engine c130. Probably the best Italian engineering.
Geez, made by Ferrari?
I thought they were using them to haul their opium harvests.
The US Air Force successfully operated a fleet of about 20 of these in the 1990’s.
There is no reason they could not be supported now especially since the engines are American GE turbo props, the Props are American Hartzells, the avionics are American and much of the small parts and actuators are American as well, nor is there any reason to scrap them.
Something is way wrong here
You buy them clothes and send them to school and what do they do? They tear out the pages of the books and wipe their behinds with them. What else should we expect from 7th century barbarians?
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