Sunday, December 25, 2016


Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships
Trust the Corps to decide to adapt something to a different yet important role. The V-22 was never discussed as a weapon-bearing craft, I know because over 28 years ago I was working on helping develop the unique rotor heads that let it function as it does. Amazing how long that development took with lots of glitches and assorted crashes during testing. But they've been up and running for some years now, and have demonstrated the capacities that were desired, even if they cost as much as 3 or more regular Blackhawk choppers. Now the Corps has decided they work so well, why not expand their role from transport to ground support, with a whole array of neat weapons on board? Maybe a really good idea. -Del

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