Senior care ambulance is on the move, with an ambulance carrying wounded troops in Texas and a medical helicopter taking a crew of Marines to the battlefield.
As the U, S. and M2A3s continue their slow, steady march into Afghanistan, there’s still one major sticking point: the aging medical vehicles.
That’s why the Army has been developing the new C-130J transport aircraft, which will make the UH-1 Cobra helicopter and M113 armored personnel carrier, the U-Haul, obsolete in the field.
The C-Hawk, which has an impressive 1,200-hp engine and a 200-hp turbojet, is being made by Boeing Co., the world’s largest defense contractor.
It’s designed to haul troops, equipment and medical supplies and is currently in service with U.K. and U.A.E. forces.
The new CHawk will be the backbone of the UAV force.
“It’s the C-30.
The C-32, the C130J.
They’re all really good,” said Sgt. 1st Class Matthew E. Goguen, a U.N. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The new C130 will be able to take up to 8,000 people in a single mission and take off from bases in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.
But there’s a hitch: it’s a military transport aircraft that can only carry 10 people at a time.
It’s a big problem, as the military’s medical corps has been shrinking and with the UAPs retirement, the Army is looking to get the most value out of its vehicles.
“We’re looking to see if we can get the best value out each of these vehicles and I think we can,” Lt.
Gen. David McClellan, commander of U.
Haul operations, told reporters in March.
In addition to transporting the Marines, the new aircraft will also be able carry a hospital team of up to 30 doctors and nurses and a small group of medics, among other things.
The helicopter will carry up to two helicopters.
“I think we’re going to see a significant increase in the number of medical vehicles that we have going forward, as opposed to the number that we’re currently using,” Goguien said.
While the helicopters are capable of carrying up to 10 people, the Marines don’t plan to use them in large numbers for missions.
The service wants to use the CHawks for small operations, such as a reconnaissance mission.
Goguient said he believes the new helicopter will be a huge success.
“I think it’s going to be very successful,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people that are looking at the Cs to be a great asset, and I’m not going to discount that,” said Brig. Gen.’s John W. Sager, deputy commander of the Marine Corps’ medical helicopter squadron.
The Marines are the only U..
S.-led service with the C’s.
The Navy and Air Force have also been developing their own C-hulls, but they’re still very much in development.
But the Marine C-12 and C-13 have been operational since 2014 and are capable on missions to provide support to the UAF and Afghan forces, respectively.
As of now, the Navy has deployed a fleet of the C13 to the Persian and Indian oceans.
The Air Force is developing its own version of the aircraft, called the C14.
The Army plans to get its own C14 by 2020, with a new variant slated to be ready by 2022.
But that’s still years away, and the Marines aren’t sure how they’ll be able keep up with the rest of the world.
“In the future, we’re not going, ‘Oh, we’ll just build another C14,’ ” Sager said.
“We’re going, what are we going to do?”
It’s been a slow and steady road for the Army’s medical vehicles, as they’ve been delayed several times over the past two decades.
In 2001, the Marine forces took on a total of $40 billion in funding to replace its aging helicopters.
The last one to be replaced was the M113, which was replaced in 2004.
The current C-17 is expected to be retired by 2024.