Former Army Pilot in Drag
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MAJONES said:The OV10 would make a better escort for the Chinooks than the Griffons we sent over.
This is a niche aircraft. It may work in Afghanistan (but no better than what is currently in theatre), but how would it perform in a future high-threat conflict?
MAJONES said:I'm sure you can slow an OV10 down enough for a Chinook to keep up, but you can't speed a Griffon up enough to catch a Chinook.
And what is the relevance of this? Formation flying is not a requirement.
Do you drive your car flat out all of the time?
Helicopters seldom operate at or near Vne.
A Chinook with a slung load is going to have its speed reduced considerably.
I have yet to see a CF op conducted further than 80 km straight-line from KAF, and the vast majority are far less. You can probably calculate your own distances from KAF to places where we operate with a bit of research effort. A helicopter flying at 90 kts covers 3 km per minute, or 27 minutes to that distance. One flying at 120 kts covers the same distance in seven minutes less. How significant is seven minutes when transporting bulk cargo, or even troops on an airmobile? And that's an extreme distance for here.
Significant enough to blow billions on what would be an orphan aircraft with no capability in a high-threat environment?
The Stuka suggestion would be no less capable, and far cheaper, even if that wasn't a joke.
There are good and valid reasons why neither OV10s nor Stukas are no longer in use.
And good and valid reasons why none of those with actual knowledge and experience make these suggestions.
MAJONES said:The OV10 could also provide CAS.
So what? So can the F18, and a whole bunch of modern aircraft that can perform multiple roles, and far more effectively, in low- and high-threat environments.
MAJONES said:I'm not sure how it would stack up against a UAV.
Completely different animals.
MAJONES said:In terms of infrastructure to support the A/C the PT6 is pretty widely used. Getting parts/overhaul wouldn't pose a big problem. Getting routine maintainence shouldn't pose a big problem. If worse came to worst we could just contract it out.
This is just as true of what we currently have, and we already have it.
BUT - there's more to the OV10 than just its engines. How many other components would NOT be "pretty widely used"? Can we "just contract (those) out", too? At what cost? How long will it take?
MAJONES said:The only big trouble comes in getting the money for it.
No, the big trouble lies with justifying it.