US-funded $486m Afghan C-27s turned into $32,000 of scrap metal

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Over a dozen C-27 transport planes, also known as G-222 that the US donated to the Afghan military were destroyed and were sold for scrap metal for $32,000.

The fleet of 16 G-222 planes were part of the 20 Italian-made aircraft purchased by NATO for $486 million in hopes that they could meet the cargo and transit needs of the Afghan Air Force.

They had sat idle for years on the tarmac at Kabul International Airport following chronic maintenance issues. The remaining four G-222 aircraft are now in storage at the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany.

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has sent letters to the Pentagon requesting all documents related to the scrapping.

SIGAR has also sought clarifications on reasons as to why the Pentagon did not pursue resale, and why it did not seek a refund from the manufacturer of the Italian-made G222 planes.

SIGAR head John Sopko wrote in the Oct. 3 letters, “It has come to my attention that the 16 G222s at Kabul were recently towed to the far side of the airport and scrapped by the Defense Logistics Agency.”

Sopko has said, “I was also informed that an Afghan construction company paid approximately 6 cents a pound for the scrapped planes, which came to a total of $32,000.”

According to the letters, the US Department of Defense and Air Force have until Oct. 17 to respond to SIGAR regarding the scrapping of the planes.

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