V-22 Readiness Rates Flawed, Pentagon’s Inspector FindsTony Capaccio
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.