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  • What Does the White Paper mean for the AC

    Maybe worth a thread of its own..

    My Read is that the AC were asked for their shopping list and it has been granted in the White Paper.

    So replace the Two Cn-235's with C-295's with the same mission.

    And replace the current Cessna fleet with Three Cessna Caravan's with some kind of ISTAR fit..

    No indication as to timescale or funding??

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    CASAs to be replaced by larger aircraft also capable of transport (when due for replacement)
    Cessnas to be replaced by 3 larger ISTAR aircraft

    Learjet replacement to be considered

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    • #3
      The USAF SOF are standing down 4-yr old M28 Skytrucks. Might be worth a look.....might even be a few C27s at a loose end...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
        The USAF SOF are standing down 4-yr old M28 Skytrucks. Might be worth a look.....might even be a few C27s at a loose end...
        From memory isn't the contract for their C 27's restricted? That no spares/maintance would be supported from the maker if they were sold on?

        The M 28's might be worth a look, get more than three and break up a couple for spares?

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        • #5
          One thing that caught my attention was no increase in rotary wing assets. I thought this was a requirement on everyone's mind over the last X number of years. Any ideas? Maybe something that'll be returned to during one of the White Paper updates in the next few years?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DeV View Post
            CASAs to be replaced by larger aircraft also capable of transport (when due for replacement)
            Cessnas to be replaced by 3 larger ISTAR aircraft
            Learjet replacement to be considered
            Exactly, but to retain the current Marpat role how much bigger can the aircraft be.. So the -295 seams like the only viable option. Looks like the Caravan is also the preferred option.

            It seams like a missed opportunity, the White paper doesn't define roles or required capabilities, so while the replacement aircraft will be incrementally more capable they will not move the direction of the AC over the near term.

            Also the fact that NO mention is made of an expanded Heli fleet or possible overseas roles is disappointing.

            The Navy will most likely get there Multi-Role Ship which will have a Heli-pad and yet the White paper misses the opportunity to join the two services future together with some kind of development on the Heli side.

            IMHO the White paper lacks detail and doesn't address any kind of future mission profile or development of capabilities.

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            • #7
              There is mention of overseas for the AC (and NS)

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              • #8
                Just been looking at the Flying In Ireland website, which has a good piece about the White Paper (although most has already been discussed on this site)

                * http://flyinginireland.com/2015/08/g...nce-published/

                One point that is noted in the "Capability Development Plan" section is that a near term overseas mission is currently being looked at for the Air Corps. No further information, but will be interesting to see if it comes to fruition.

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