MV-22 and the CASEVAC Mission
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps is currently replacing its aging fleet of CH-46E medium-lift helicopters with the revolutionary MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, which has increased speed, range, and lift capabilities, but it does have a shortcoming. As the MV-22 assumes the role of the CH-46E, it will be required to execute the Marine Corps mission of Casualty Evacuation CASEVAC. The MV-22 Osprey cannot perform the CASEVAC mission successfully because the aircrafts design reduces the effectiveness of the crew chief, lacks defensive weapons or a viable escort platform, limits feasible landing zones, and demonstrates problems with aircraft survivability. The MV-22 provides many great advantages to the assault support community. The CH-46E is getting very old and desperately needs to be replaced. The Osprey will do most of the CH-46Es mission even better than the CH-46E ever did, but it cannot adequately fill the role as the CASEVAC platform for the Marine Corps.
- Escape, Rescue and Survival