Pentagon Scales Back Arms Plans Due To Budget Shortfalls, War Costs

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    kind of depressing, the Navy needs those subs and those destroyers, we CAN lose the JFK, its a piece of shit anyway, and we're getting the George H.W. Bush in a few years regardless...

     
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    Actually the 1.2 Billion is going to be deferred until the later years of the V-22 program (I work on the program). We are going to sell the same amount of aircraft but over a longer period of time.

    I think most of the weapon systems and programs mentioned may be handled much in the same way.
     
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    thank you for the information drowe
     
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    No sweat.
    Yes it's good for the Corps and AFSOC both. The Air Force has indicated that even if the Marines withdraw from the program (VERY unlikely) that they would still acquire V-22's...They have more money than the Navy! :D
     
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    What the hell does the Air Force want with an Osprey? I can't think of any aspect of their extremely limited VTOL mission requirements where a V22 would be superior to a helicopter.
     
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    Air Force Special Operations Command.

    AFSOC's VTOL mission is very similar to the mission of the Army’s 160th (they both fall under SOCOM). AFSOC is looking to replace their old H-53 PaveLow airframes with V-22’s (about 50 aircraft total). The V-22 can get in and out faster and go farther. It's much quieter when it’s in airplane mode too, you can hardly hear it inbound.

    I am a former Chinook guy myself but I've been playing V-22 for the past six years and the V-22’s capabilities are very impressive.
     

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