LightningZ71 wrote:The only publicly released information that's somewhat current is that the Pentagon and Boeing are researching the possibility of replacing the CH53K program with an up-engined CH-47, including using the same engines that are planned for the 53K on the 47 to increase it's capabilities. They acknowledge that the CH-47 will have a larger footprint on the Gator carriers, but, if it actually works reliably, it's a worth while trade. But, there's not much new since May, 2019.
texl1649 wrote:That's based on a May update essentially, I think, that Boeing is trying something to upgrade a legacy Chinook to an engine just a tad more modern than the T55 (which would have made sense a decade or two ago as well).
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... in-458380/
The image of a SOCOM Chinook on a Wasp class deck in this article is indeed very unusual, and unlikely to be accepted by the USMC. Going down to 2 engines from 3 would probably in itself entail years of study for the DoD for USMC missions.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... new-ch-53k
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