Can Heliplane Fill the 'Connector' Gap in Navy's Sea Basing Concept?

Burgess, Richard R.
September 2004
Sea Power;Sep2004, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p12
This article focuses on the role of heliplanes in the sea basing concept of the U.S. Navy. The Pentagon Office of Force Transformation and the Navy's fleet readiness and logistics office are assessing a 50-year-old technology to fill one of the biggest gaps in a naval warfighting concept for the future. The heliplane might be a way to provide the fleet with heavy lift connectors to rapidly move troops and material from ships at sea to tactical units ashore. A key to the Navy's sea basing concept is for a craft that can lift a 40,000-pound cargo container and move it quickly to forward units. Arthur K. Cebrowski, director of the Office of Force Transformation, recently told reporters that they are keenly interested in working on a gyrocopter.


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