Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

V-22 Readiness Rates Flawed, Pentagon’s Inspector Finds

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Marine Corps personnel improperly recorded data used to measure the combat readiness rate of the MV-22 Osprey made by Textron Inc. and Boeing Co. in the three years ending in 2011, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

Maintenance personnel “improperly recorded MV-22 aircraft status information 167 of 200 times on aircraft inventory reports” and “did not adequately prepare 112 of 907 work orders that we reviewed,” the watchdog agency said in a summary posted online today from a classified report.

While the period coincides with the tilt-rotor aircraft’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the summary doesn’t identify the location of the aircraft for which the inaccurate readiness ratings were compiled.

“Squadron commanders submitted incomplete or inaccurate readiness reports” for six squadrons, according to the summary. “As a result, the mission capability rates were unreliable,” and senior Department of Defense and Marine Corps officials “could have deployed MV-22 squadrons that were not prepared for missions.”

The inaccurate ratings “occurred because MV-22 squadron commanders did not adequately train MV-22 maintenance personnel to prepare aircraft inventory reports and work orders nor MV-22 operations personnel on readiness reports” and “verify the accuracy of aircraft inventory reports, work orders, and readiness reports,” according to the summary.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio in Washington at acapaccio@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.