LightningZ71 wrote:Where am I going wrong in all of this?
angad84 wrote:we are already talking about next gen LO/VLO tankers and transports.
angad84 wrote:not really anywhere, it's a pretty reasonable idea.
But if I had to take a stab at red teaming it, I'd say primarily survivability. Even on the USAF side, we are already talking about next gen LO/VLO tankers and transports. CBARS is probably going to be operating on either side of the edge of the battlespace, and therefore will be open to engagement. This is not a simple recovery/top-up tanker as far as I can tell.
Also, cost might appear low for a KC/E-2 proposal, but converting and certifying that legacy platform to be optionally manned is not likely to be easy, nor will re-engineering it to take fuel and pods. Often it's easier and cheaper to design all-new for a new requirement than shoe horn capability into a frame not designed for it.
ssteve wrote:The V-22, which will be used for COD, has the capability to be a tanker.
ssteve wrote:A drone would likely expand capabilities and might save deck space. I see the ROI there.
angad84 wrote:And how would it save space? The primary volume driver is the tanking mission requirement, not the crew.
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