Saturday, October 16, 2010
I personally don't think so. To be honest if it wasn't a jobs program (a charge that can probably be leveled at the majority of weapon systems in development right now...at least by critics) it would be canceled.
But the business model is most annoying. Airbus has for years waited for Boeing to develop aircraft and then plus sized them. They did it with the 767 vs. the A330. They did it with the 737 vs. the A320 and they're doing it with the 787 vs. the A350.
Fortunately for Lockheed Martin that same thinking isn't working in the competition for military orders. The A400 will probably force Airbus out of the military aircraft market. Boeing wins in the end.
SLD: The ability to triple the lift allows you to more effective insert force using the Osprey as well?
Major Davis: That is true. If you wanted to put a unit in a battalion reinforced, let’s say, in one period of darkness, V-22 obviously moves the personnel, because that’s what it’s designed to do. The 53-K can bring in the armored vehicles, providing that straight-leg infantry with ground mobility. Now they’ve got vehicles that they can bring in, so now they’re mobile.
You do all that in a single period of darkness, go 100 miles off from the shore into the enemy’s backyard in one night, and you’ve got a battalion reinforced in there with armored vehicles so they can wreak havoc all behind enemy lines.