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    (I don't think this thread exists yet, but should.)

    CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program

    June 29/16: Sikorsky has achieved a key USMC requirement with the CH-53K King Stallionby successfully flying 100ft above the ground with a 12,250kg (27,000lb) payload. Due to replace the CH-53E Super Stallion, the new helicopter promises better range and triple the E model’s payload in hot weather conditions, as well as flight-by-wire flight controls designed to reduce pilot workload in degraded visual environments.

    A slightly dated update.

  • #2
    I wonder when the Huey's and Cobra's are going to be replaced, and with what?


    • #3
      Originally posted by The Dane View Post
      I wonder when the Huey's and Cobra's are going to be replaced, and with what?
      They pretty much already have been, by the Venom and Viper, respectively, as far as i know. Unless of course you mean to ask as to when the variants of the basic Huey and Cobra will be replaced?


      • #4
        They've made quite an investment in AH1Z upgrades, including a good number what seems like ground up builds w/new air frames. Considering the Army is already in development to replace the Apache and Blackhawk, the Marines continue to operate lean and mean in all facets.


        • #5
          Okay - thanks.


          • #6
            20 Marines at Parris Island May Be Punished in Hazing Inquiry

            “It’s called becoming a Marine! We all went through it. Marine Corps basic training is hell on earth as it should be,” one Marine veteran, echoing the sentiments of many, said in a comment beneath a Marine Corps Times article on the hazing.
            in summer 2015, a drill instructor, whose name has not been released, made a Muslim recruit do push-ups in a shower, telling him it was his job to root out spies. The instructor then said that the six-foot recruit needed to “dry off” and ordered him into a clothes dryer.

            After running the dryer for 30 seconds, the instructor asked whom the recruit was working for, the report found. When the recruit replied “nobody,” the instructor ran the dryer again, then asked the recruit his religion. The recruit, who had started crying, replied “Islam.” The instructor ran the dryer for a longer time, then asked the recruit if he was still a Muslim. When the recruit said “yes,” the instructor ran the dryer again.



            • #7
              BAE Unveils 1st Amphibious Combat Vehicle For Marines


              BAE says its 8×8 ACV is more survivable and more agile on land than the current AAV, with equal performance on the water.


              • #8
                Marine Corps demonstrates communications pod on Reaper


                Today, the US Marine Corps relies on the the US Air Force’s fleet of MQ-9 Reapers and MQ-1 Predators for expeditionary missions. But the service laid out a future requirement in its 2016 aviation plan, outlining the need for a large, armed platform capable of operating from ships.


                • #9
                  It’s Official: Marine Rifle Squads are Getting Drones


                  QUANTICO, Virginia — By the end of 2017, the commandant of the Marine Corps wants every Marine grunt squad downrange to carry an unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance and surveillance.


                  • #10
                    moved 1234


                    • #11
                      Sikorsky CH-53K meets objectives in key test


                      The US Marine Corps plans to buy 200 CH-53Ks, with the first four early production aircraft scheduled for delivery next year. It replaces the aging CH-53E.

                      Last edited by merkwurdig; 22-10-2016, 01:34 PM.


                      • #12
                        Headline might be a bit misleading, but at least it seems like the M27 will become more widely issued in the future:

                        BREAKING: USMC Begins Process To Issue M27 IAR to Every Rifleman; Issues RFI To Industry
                        This action comes after a short duration experiment last Fall during which, an entire Marine Infantry Battalion was equipped with the IAR instead of their issue M4s. The experiment was obviously a success.
                        As the RFI only calls for the production of an additional 11,000 rifles, this means that only additional select Infantrymen will be issued the M27.
                        Full article:


                        • #13
                          Doesn't sound like a bad idea.


                          • #14
                            They still need to bring a true AR/LMG back in to the rifle squad TO&E. But that would require admitting they were wrong about the IAR's original intent.


                            • #15
                              CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program


                              The U.S. Marines have a problem. They rely on their CH-53E Super Stallion medium-heavy lift helicopters to move troops, vehicles, and supplies off of their ships. But the helicopters are wearing out. Fast.
                              A long but fairly exhaustive summary of the program.