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Government watchdog: Many military aircraft not meeting mission capable rates

GAO studied 46 aircraft over nine-year period
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Posted at 9:01 AM, Jan 15, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. - Data analysis by a government watchdog finds that overall mission capable rates have decreased for many military aircraft over the last decade.

The findings by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office looked at 46 Department of Defense aircraft and their annual mission capable goals between FY2011 and FY2019.

The mission capable rate is the percentage of total time the aircraft is able to fly and perform a mission.

Of the 46 examined, only three met their goals in the majority of the years and 24 did not meet their goals in any year.

That includes the Navy's MH-60S Seahawks and E-2C Hawkeyes failing to meet their mission capable rates in the nine years examined.

Aggregate trend data found that the average mission capable rate for Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps aircraft studied all decreased since FY2011, while it slightly increased for the Army aircraft.

You can read the full report from the GAO here.