Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Mr Happy, Feb 11, 2008.
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I suspect that the V-22 is still a deathtrap.
A couple of decades of development dozens of Marines killed or injured in crashes and you still have a plane that occasionally takes off on its own and crashes. It does not like dust.
You can buy five Blackhawks for the same price without the punitive costs of V-22 maintenance. They are at least a decent weapons platform and can autorotate when in trouble. With UH-60s rapidly being worn out in desert environments the 2007 Pentagon budget For the UH-60 Blackhawk was $793.3 million for 42 birds. In the same year it spent $2,454.4 on 26 less tactically flexible Ospreys.
Like the F-22 the Osprey program has proven remarkably robust under fire... from a Congress with highly conflicted attitudes to Pork. Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan (USN Ret.) has at it here:
Mark Thompson goes into more detail in V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame.
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