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Hello all. I was reading through some articles and came upon this one that talks about the future of the VTOL program and some competition that it might have with a new Sikorsky designed heavy lift helicopter:

 

http://www.projo.com/business/content/proj...ad.2ca5e94.html

 

This article got me really wondering how the VTOL (if succesful) will change the helicopter world, if/when the CH-53 is phased out what will happen to the fleet, chopped up or put into the civilian world and why isn't the military starting to replace CH-53's with S-92's instead? In my quest for a better explanation and a glimpse of what these helicopter may look like I googled the Sikorsky contender- the X2C- and I got this article that further explains the situation.

 

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2005/0...ourse/index.php

 

To get specifics on each of these aircraft just go to the very bottom of the page on the link posted above and go to "Additional Readings & Sources."

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Hello all. I was reading through some articles and came upon this one that talks about the future of the VTOL program and some competition that it might have with a new Sikorsky designed heavy lift helicopter:

 

http://www.projo.com/business/content/proj...ad.2ca5e94.html

 

This article got me really wondering how the VTOL (if succesful) will change the helicopter world, if/when the CH-53 is phased out what will happen to the fleet, chopped up or put into the civilian world and why isn't the military starting to replace CH-53's with S-92's instead? In my quest for a better explanation and a glimpse of what these helicopter may look like I googled the Sikorsky contender- the X2C- and I got this article that further explains the situation.

 

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2005/0...ourse/index.php

 

To get specifics on each of these aircraft just go to the very bottom of the page on the link posted above and go to "Additional Readings & Sources."

 

Hey Rookie,

 

I'd be curious how this pans out in light of the mixed successes of the Osprey. Rumor has it that program has been hanging on by the skin-of-its-teeth for the past number of years. It's a great concept but reality has proven to be much different. It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out.

 

-V5

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This article got me really wondering how the VTOL (if succesful) will change the helicopter world, if/when the CH-53 is phased out what will happen to the fleet, chopped up or put into the civilian world and why isn't the military starting to replace CH-53's with S-92's instead? In my quest for a better explanation and a glimpse of what these helicopter may look like I googled the Sikorsky contender- the X2C- and I got this article that further explains the situation.

 

Sikorsky has been given the go ahead on development of the CH-53K to replace the current inventory of D/E models.

 

http://www.sikorsky.com/file/popup/0,9604,1855,00.pdf

 

http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,84906,00.html

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Sikorsky has been given the go ahead on development of the CH-53K to replace the current inventory of D/E models.
Awesome - even though I've never flown in one and only just wandered through a parked 53 I've always had an odd fascination with that big tubby heli. Glad to see it's not getting fully put out to pasture.
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Hey Rookie,

 

I'd be curious how this pans out in light of the mixed successes of the Osprey. Rumor has it that program has been hanging on by the skin-of-its-teeth for the past number of years. It's a great concept but reality has proven to be much different. It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out.

 

-V5

 

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if they let it go, just like the Comanche (but then again, conspiracy theorist will tell you it never got cancelled the government just thought it was to public :rolleyes:). It is a great idea, but I don't think a little Osprey can carry up to 17,000 lbs., I would think more than half of that would make more sense. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if this quad tilt rotor got some legs underneath and took over the helicopter world. In my own opinion the quad tilt rotor is what the military is looking for, the osprey is just a steping stone, however faulty it may be.

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I have an interesting .pdf presentation put together by Nick Lappos, ex-Sikorsky test pilot. It makes direct comparisons between the CH-53E/V-22 and BA609/H-60.

 

I could email it to anyone who is interested in hosting it for those interesting in downloading it or to any one who just wants to take a look at it.

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