New Marine Aircraft Need a New Amphibious Ship
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps has carefully plotted the future of its air combat element ACE. This path began with a need to replace an aging fleet of aircraft and ended with the development of the most capable and advanced aircraft the Marine Corps has seen. The MV-22 Osprey and Short Take-Off Vertical Land STOVL Joint Strike Fighter JSF will carry Marine Corps aviation well into the twenty-first century. Although these platforms will provide the Marine Corps with additional capabilities, the larger aircraft size will be a limiting factor when operating aboard current amphibious ships. The current amphibious ships, the LHA1 and LHD2, are not properly suited to support Osprey and JSF operations. In order to address this situation, a modified version of the LHD is set to replace the aging LHAs. However, the Dual Tram Line DTL ship design is the only ship design suitable to replace the LHA because it is the only ship that meets all Marine Corps space and flexibility requirements for future operations at sea.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Marine Engineering