Thursday, April 20, 2017
USMC CH-47's...it looks right!
The pics above are from a movie but they look right. A CH-47 in USMC service makes too much sense on too many levels.
More to the point, the cost of the CH-53K is insane.
Cut the buy of CH-53Ks from 200 to 100 and make up the difference by buying 200 CH-47s! I have yet to hear the rationale for the CH-53K. I hear the talking points of it being the most advanced helicopter in service anywhere in the world when it reaches IOC. I hear the talking point that it can lift x amount of weight, etc... What I haven't heard is why the CH-53K is absolutely essential to Marine Corps operations and why the CH-47 is unsuitable. Take that a step further and tell me what percentage of CH-53K missions that the CH-47 is incapable of performing. If it's over 5% I'd be surprised.
As things stand I like the CH-53K but unless we're given the "why" then the buy should be truncated and CH-47's bought instead.