747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5844 times:
I was reading in Navy Times not to long ago, and in NT, there was an article about the USN looking at V-22s as a replacement for our aging fleet of C-2 Greyhounds ( CODs), but a V-22 is a smaller a/c than a Greyhound. Now I wonder could a enlarge design of a V-22 be used as a Greyhound replacement, or could a normal V-22 replace a Greyhound?
Rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2122 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5836 times:
Other than cost and being a bit short legged, a V-22 would make a plausible C-2 replacement. While in vertical takeoff and landing mode the V-22 can't match the C-2's cargo capacity, but in STOL mode it can carry more (in terms of weight at least). I also has the potential of being able to bring at least some lift capacity to non-carrier platforms.
Now I don't know if V-22 STOL takeoffs have been approved for the big flattops (a Nimitz should be plenty big), IIRC there were issues with that on the amphibs, at least at one point.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16543 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5705 times:
I think it would make a great C-2 replacement as it could transfer personnel and cargo between carriers and land without the need of a runway, it could also operate off LPD, LHD, LSD, LCC's and possibly CDG and DDGs.
It would also make a great ASW platform bridging the gap between MH-60s and the P-8, the spot the S-3 used to fill.
Rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2122 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5420 times:
Quoting L-188 (Reply 5): It would reduce the number of types carried on ship, and I don't think the carrying capacity is that big of issue.
Not really. The C-2s tend not to stay on the carriers too long anyway, and usually call a land base home (although there are always exceptions). Besides, it's a modified E-2, so having one on board isn't really introducing that much of a new type into the mix.
On the other side, AFAIK there are no current plans to regularly deploy V-22s on carriers (the amphibs, yes, but not the CVs).
But as I mentioned, if they (if they haven’t already) qualified the Osprey for STOL operations on the Nimitzs, it would actually be able to haul more weight than the Greyhound.
ThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1376 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5395 times:
Quoting Rwessel (Reply 6): But as I mentioned, if they (if they haven’t already) qualified the Osprey for STOL operations on the Nimitzs, it would actually be able to haul more weight than the Greyhound.
They probably should qualify the V-22's for STOL ops on the CVN's, for various reasons (such as special operations).