Accession Number : AD0824976

Title :   EMPLOYMENT OF TROOP/CARGO V/STOL AIRCRAFT IN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, 1975-1985.

Descriptive Note : Volume 1 of Final summary rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA NAVAL WARFARE RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Meister, R. K. ; Saxten, J. A. ; Piper, R. R.

Report Date : NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : Postulated mission requirements, based on the U. S. Marine Corps long range concept (1975-85), which envisions tactical airborne assaults and subsequent operations up to 500 nautical miles inland from a seaborne logistic base, indicate a need for advanced troop/cargo V/STOL aircraft. A mix of three different aircraft sizes appear optimum: (1) a light, 1,500-pound payload V/STOL aircraft for utility and light tactical missions, (2) a medium, 4,000-pound payload V/STOL aircraft to carry an infantry squad during initial assault landings and subsequent tactical operations, and (3) a heavy, 14,000-pound payload V/STOL aircraft to carry the majority of men, equipment, and supply buildup during assaults and the logistic resupplies in subsequent operations. The tilt rotor V/STOL concept is recommended as most effective for the light and medium V/STOL aircraft; the stowed rotor concept is recommended for the heavy aircraft. These aircraft use rotor lift systems for take off and landing, and their operation from ships to sites ashore will pose no extraordinary operational requirements over current helicopters. Their greater speed and economy of operation over long ranges give them a decided advantage over helicopter type of aircraft. (Author)

Descriptors :   *VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT), (*AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS, LOGISTICS, NAVAL OPERATIONS, MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MARINE CORPS, SHROUDED PROPELLERS, PLANNING, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, DUCTED FANS, TILT WINGS, ROTARY WINGS.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Transport Aircraft
      V/STOL
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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