The Defense Department’s Afghanistan inspector general recently issued criticism of the Afghan Air Force C-130 program, questioning the need for the aircraft in light of low utilization rates. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko, in a report released this month, said the Afghan Air Force’s requirement for four C-130s has not been updated since early 2010, and his office has discovered the AAF’s existing two C-130s are being underutilized. During a June visit, Sopko said he also learned of “support problems associated with training, spare parts, and maintenance” for the C-130s. SIGAR reports that, from October 2013 to May 2014, the AAF C-130s flew 261 hours of a possible 555 hours, or 48 percent of capacity. NATC-A officials said the demand for lift will increase, but no official assessment has been conducted to update requirements, Sopko said. “Pending a review of the AAF’s medium airlift requirements … DOD [should] delay delivery of additional C-130s.” Congress has already taken action, and introduced language into the Fiscal 2015 appropriations bill acting on Sopko’s recommendation. The Senate Appropriations Committee, in its markup of the 2015 DOD spending bill, added a provision prohibiting funds to transfer “additional C-130 cargo aircraft” to the AAF, until DOD submits a review of Afghan requirements.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…