Revitalizing a Legacy: The Remaining Future of the CH-46E
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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For over 40 years, the Marine Corps has relied on the CH-46E Sea Knight, or Phrog, as their primary rotary-winged assault support aircraft. Through the years, the Sea Knight has proven itself in every topography, climate, and mission it has supported. While the service life has been extended another 12 years, the future versatility of the venerable helicopter is in jeopardy. Already, the results of doubling its 20-year projected service life are escalating maintenance costs, reduced reliability, availability, maintainability, and significant performance degradation. These well-documented problems will continue to shift focus away from the CH-46 as the primary choice for tactical assault support missions. Therefore, the future CH-46E community will be restricted from performing tactical missions unless necessary airframe upgrades are performed.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics