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The Utility Helicopter Mission is Still Essential
MARINE CORPS WAR COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps must replace or upgrade the UH-1N helicopter and purchase enough aircraft to meet operational tempo. The utility helicopter mission is essential in supporting MAGTF operations. The UH-1N has been performing this mission for almost 20 years, but because of its limited capabilities and inadequate numbers it can no longer conduct this mission satisfactorily. The Hueys replacement, VMAO, is projected to enter the fleet in 2015. Considering the likelihood of increased reliance on the Marine Corps to conduct operations ranging from low intensity conflict to humanitarian relief, the demand for a utility helicopter will also likely increase. The UH-1N will not be able to support this high operational tempo in the future. The author recommends that the Marine Corps purchase the H-60 Black Hawk and maintain a TE of 12 utility helicopters in each HMLA squadron.
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