If you're looking for examples of wasteful defense spending, look no further than the V-22 Osprey—a helicopter-airplane hybrid that has been called the "poster child for what's wrong with the defense acquisition system."
The cost overruns and mechanical issues that hampered the program in its development were bad enough. But now, fundamental design issues could prevent the aircraft from participating in missions performed by helicopters that it is designed to replace.
Tell your senators to eliminate funding for the V-22 Osprey!
The V-22 has been plagued by mechanical issues from the outset. Tragically, problems ranging from a miswired flight control system to a leaking gearbox led to 30 fatalities and several deadly crashes in testing exercises between 1991 and 2000.
But mechanical flaws continue to dog the V-22 even now that it's being used in combat. In 2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the aircraft has inherent design challenges—and that these flaws could make it unsuitable for missions in high-threat environments.
Take action now—tell your senators that it's time to end funding for the V-22.
Taxpayers have already spent tens of billions of dollars on the program, and at $122 million apiece, the V-22 is one expensive aircraft. Eliminating additional funding for the V-22 could save taxpayers as much as $12 billion dollars.
This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee began considering the National Defense Authorization Act—and we've got a small window of opportunity to cut funding for the V-22. We don't have to let the Osprey turn into an albatross. Please take a moment today to tell your senators to eliminate funding for the V-22 Osprey.