Is the CH-53K worth the toll when nosotros could purchase the CH-47 at less than one-half the price?

First lets direct keep a hold off dorsum at an article I posted a duo of solar daytime ago…

Naval Air Systems Command awarded Sikorsky $304 meg for the offset ii CK-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters for the Marine Corps.

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, volition construct these two Lot I aircraft inwards its Stratford, Conn., facility, together with the operate should hold upward completed yesteryear Dec 2021.

I highlighted what I reckon the pertinent information.  We are paying $304 meg dollars for TWO (2) helicopters.  The instant is that these are LOT I aircraft.

Drink that in.

We’re gonna pay i hundred 50 ii meg dollars each for a heavy elevator helicopter.  What produce nosotros teach amongst the 53K that nosotros wouldn’t teach amongst the CH-47F?  Well I got a few slides from Boeing’s presentation to the High German AF together with it’s pretty interesting.  Check out the slides below (I acknowledge upward forepart that this is Boeing’s declaration against a Lockheed production but seat that aside together with hold off till the halt to judge).

Interesting huh?  But kinda irrelevant.  We know the Chinook is superior inwards those realms for i reason.  It’s rotor configuration.  What matters inwards the “aviation centric” Marine Corps (besides hot together with high performance…that was in i trial HUGE for the USMC) is speed together with range.

The CH-47F goes along at 170 knot or 196 mph.  It has a scrap radius of 200 nmi (230 miles) , a ferry hit of 1,216 nmi (1,400 miles) together with a hit of 400 nmi (450 miles) .  Finally it tin elevator 55 troops, 24 liters w/3 attendants or 24,000 pounds.

The CH-53K has a speed of 170 knots (196 mph).  It has a scrap radius of 110 nmi (126 miles) amongst a ferry hit of *NOT LISTED* but a scrap radius of 460 nmi (529 miles).  It tin elevator 55 troops, liters are *NOT LISTED* or 35,000 pounds.

Admittedly all these figures are from Wikipedia, but if yous direct keep clearly ameliorate sources I’m all ears.

Operating amongst what nosotros know, the CH-53K is exclusively MARGINALLY ameliorate than the CH-47F together with EXTREMELY MORE EXPENSIVE than it’s Army counterpart.

Now to the question.

Is i CH-53K at around 100 meg dollars each (and I’m taking into trouble organization human relationship toll reduction…pretty pregnant toll reductions to teach it downwards to 100 meg dollars) worth ii CH-47F’s at around twoscore meg (yep I got that figure from Wikipedia but they direct keep EXCELLENT documentation to dorsum upward that number)?

My response is NO!  Not exclusively no but hell no!

Second question, together with don’t shower me amongst bullshit.  How tin the Marine Corps justify the toll of this helicopter?  If you’re a supporter of this plan HOW CAN YOU justify it’s cost?

I hold off forrad to the fan club’s response!

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