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Following a discussion on the MV-22 and the "jack of all trades" issue, I found (again) the above vid. Why would you stick rockets on your troop carrier especially if you're deploying them at extended distances from fire support?
The answer is you don't. You're making ground commanders choose between building up combat power, delivering supplies, evacuating the wounded and getting a little extra fire support.
And that's the problem.
The USMC is designing a force that just doesn't make sense. The AH-1Z/UH-1Y just don't have the range or speed to keep up with the MV-22 and yet we're talking about deploying infantry at a greater distance than they can reach. What does that mean? It means you're going to have a Company Landing Team depending on 6 F-35's to provide support. It means that we're building future Ft. Apache's on purpose.
It means that someone's son or daughter will be cursing us in the future.
We need a new Convair Charger type airplane that can escort our MV-22's and remain on station to provide needed fire support to the infantry. Its the only thing that makes sense with the type of Marine Corps that we're building.
Sidenote: Understand that this is valid only if we continue with the COIN/generational war thing that is bleeding us dry. Against a peer opponent these concepts are worthless.
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