Citing a lack of funding, the Pentagon is saying there are significant shortfalls in the training and qualification of some Black Hawk pilots.

“The Army did not provide adequate funding and training for H-60 pilots on the new equipment,” according to the IG’s audit released last week titled “Training and Airframe Evaluations for the H-60 Black Hawk Helicopter.”

“This occurred because Army officials did not agree which Army organization was responsible for funding and conducting H-60 new equipment training,” the audit said.

In addition, the audit found that “the Army will need $152.9 million more than it has budgeted to provide new equipment training for a total of 1,390 H-60 pilots from Fiscal Year 2018 through FY 2035.”

The 30-page IG’s report also said that “U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command officials did not effectively manage airframe condition evaluations for the H-60 fleet.” – DoDBuzz

Featured image of Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Barreto preparing his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to support a slingload mission carrying ammunition during exercise China Focus II by US Army

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