Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

SEA-AIR-SPACE: “I like where the Army's going [with] the H-60 replacement,” the Marines' top aviator said here. “We're going to be partnered, we're going to stay right on their wing as they begin to accelerate” the medium-sized variant of Future Vertical Lift.

But, Lt. Gen. Steven Ruder said, for heavy lift — the logistical lifeline of the missile batteries and forward airfields the Marines envision for the next war — the CH-53K King Stallion “is the only aircraft today that can do what we are asking it to do.”

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