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Project on Government Oversight




Comanche Helicopter Development: 21 Years, $12.2 Billion, and Counting

January 22, 2004 


Today the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) announced an update on the RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter : Fighting with Failures. POGO's "Fighting with Failures" is a series of fact sheets designed to document Pentagon shortcuts in weapons testing and the problems that result including billions of wasted taxpayer dollars, the deaths of military personnel, and the production of weapons that do not work.

Under development for more than two decades, the Comanche has faced serious technology challenges, schedule delays, and large cost increases. The aircraft won't be operational until 2009 at the earliest.

POGO compiled its fact sheets based on information gathered primarily from General Accounting Office and Inspector General reports, and other Department of Defense documents. 

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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