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Sikorsky S-97 Raider Ground Tests Today

Gatordev

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@Gatordev I think that goes to the fact that the -60 is space limited. A bigger airframe might allow more buoys, sensors, maybe a second AWR, etc.
Yup, and I mentioned that earlier, but nothing is free. More buoys means more weight, along with some version of an ALFS. If you're using a rotary launcher, you now need storage for the "free" buoys not in the launcher. Plus another crewman, like I mentioned (and IKE just said). That's all going to cost cube space, which is going to take a way fuel and rack space (think processors and crew stations). And in this scenario, we're talking about the 280, which isn't huge to begin with, despite it being bigger than a -60.

Again, please understand my earlier post was exactly about embracing new ways to fight a new system, but the reality of existing infrastructure (lots of DDGs and an already overmanned LCS) are also things to consider. Having an extra crewman makes absolute sense operationally, but finding room for them and still able to keep whatever the coverage percentage will be will cost racks. I will say that at least the last two east coast CDREs (and current DCDRE) understand that the future construct isn't defined yet, which is a good thing, as it shows an acceptance for change.
 

SynixMan

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Bigger also means you're not gonna fit two of them in a DDG hangar. DDG-1000 is already having a problem fitting 2× H-60s.

Also, the 60F was crewed by 2 AWs. The 60R only has one because that's how the 60B was built/manned... no other reason that I'm aware of, since we regularly flew dual-crewmen in some AORs.

IMO, if you want an example of what Pags touched on (limited ideas/lack of outside-the-box thinking in acquisitions), look no further than the 60R being basically an updated 60B + dipping sonar.
Good points all. The CH-148 fits in Caunuk Frigates, so I'm sure Top Men can do the measurements. We are stuck with the boats we have for a long time, so it's something to consider. That being said, the -60 is a waste of space in a shipboard hangar. The -60 is shaped as it is due to the limits I mentioned earlier WRT fitting two in a C-130. It significantly limited height and required the tail to be tapered. The Phrog was much taller/wider and fit in small spaces, yet hard a gargantuan cabin in comparison. Also I'd argue the second most important piece of the -R, behind the ASW gear, is the ALQ.

@Gatordev Agreed on most everything. I hope they are good stewards of it, but I'm skeptical. The last few NHAs I went too were a sad exercise in group think.
 

thump

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Bigger also means you're not gonna fit two of them in a DDG hangar. DDG-1000 is already having a problem fitting 2× H-60s.

Also, the 60F was crewed by 2 AWs. The 60R only has one because that's how the 60B was built/manned... no other reason that I'm aware of, since we regularly flew dual-crewmen in some AORs.

IMO, if you want an example of what Pags touched on (limited ideas/lack of outside-the-box thinking in acquisitions), look no further than the 60R being basically an updated 60B + dipping sonar.
I think of the Romeo/Bravo evolution as somewhat more like the change from legacy/Rhino Hornet. Lots of change in a similar-looking package. The guys in the transition timeframe who called it a “glass Bravo” always sucked in the Romeo. Maybe I’m biased as a purebred Romeo pilot though.

But, I think there’s a lot of goodness in moving beyond seeing ASW capability as measured by the quantity of humans and buoys a platform can carry. The 60R is not a “poor man’s P-8”, it’s a fundamentally different machine with a different set of caps/lims.

Also I'd argue the second most important piece of the -R, behind the ASW gear, is the ALQ
Amen. Sadly not a discussion for here. An example of emerging capabilities as we find more ways to employ the aircraft.
 
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