Saturday, 3 June 2017

Marines Send Congress $3.2 Billion Wish List

Includes aircraft that did not make Trump’s defense budget plan

Posted Jun 2, 2017 5:04 AM

John M. Donnelly

The Marine Corps has asked Congress for $3.2 billion to buy warplanes and other equipment that did not make President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 defense budget plan, according to a copy of the request obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, signed off on the “unfunded priorities list” and service officials sent it to lawmakers within the last week.

It appears to be the first of four such lists due soon on Capitol Hill — one each from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force — which together will add up to multiple billions of dollars. This is an annual ritual for the Pentagon and Congress as the budget and appropriations are ironed out.

The most expensive item on the Marine Corps list is $877 million for six F-35 fighter jets. The jet is being built for all the services.

The Marine Corps wish list includes a request for $617 million for four F-35Bs, a version designed to take off and land vertically, and $260 million for two F-35Cs, the jet’s aircraft carrier variant.

The Air Force and Navy may also seek additional F-35s in their forthcoming wish lists.

Other aircraft on the Marine Corps list include:

  • $356 million for four KC-130J Hercules propeller planes, which can either refuel other aircraft or perform assault missions
  • $288 million for two CH-53K King Stallion logistics helicopters
  • $228 million for two C-40A Clipper jets, the military version of the Boeing 737 airliner, which can carry passengers or cargo
  • $221 million for seven AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters
  • $181 million for two MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which are capable of ferrying Marines and supplies
  • $67 million for four UC-12W Huron propeller planes, which are small, multi-mission aircraft

The Marine Corps is also seeking $312 million for five ship-to-shore connectors, which are air-cushion landing craft for carrying Marines ashore in amphibious assaults.

The service also wants boosts in a variety of ammunition programs as well as several buildings to be constructed on Marine Corps bases.

The lists have effectively become addenda to the formal budget request each year. Sometimes called “wish lists,” they provide military justifications to lawmakers interested in adding to the defense budget items the White House did not request. To the extent Congress funds items on the lists, it must increase the total amount for the Pentagon or cut other programs to offset the expense.

This year, the lists take on an added dimension. Trump made “rebuilding” the military a cornerstone of his campaign. While his new budget would increase spending on keeping existing assets in ready condition, it does not provide much increase in the procurement or other accounts that would need to rise to support a significant buildup.

Defense hawks in Congress have criticized Trump’s request as inadequate, and they will use the wish lists to bolster their argument.

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C-40A Clipper jets

The C-40A, a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, is the newest commercial derivative medium lift aircraft used for Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift missions that provide critical logistics support to fleet forces.

The C-40A is certified to operate in three configurations: an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers, an all-cargo configuration of eight cargo pallets, or a combination of three cargo pallets and 70 passengers. The C-40A has a state-of-the-art flight deck, avionics system and engines that are Stage III noise-compliant and certified for extended over-water operations. The C-40As which provide long-range, high-priority logistical airlift in support of fleet activities have begun replacing the aging fleet of C-9 aircraft flown by the Naval Air Reserve.

The Clipper was ordered by the Navy to replace its fleet of aging C-9 Skytrains.

The C-40A was one of the first new logistics aircraft 25 years ago to join the Naval Reserve. The Naval Reserve provided 100 percent of the Navy's worldwide in-theater medium and heavy airlift.

The Clipper meets or exceeds international noise and environmental requirements. It is also more fuel-efficient and offers increased range and payload capabilities. The 737-700C based aircraft is certified to operate in an all-passenger (121 passengers), all-cargo or combination ("combi") configuration that will accommodate up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers on the main deck.

The Navy has purchased nine C-40A airplanes using a Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) strategy. The first aircraft was delivered in April 2001, to Logistics Support Squadron Fifty Nine (VR-59) at the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. Since the first delivery, the Navy has accepted eight additional aircraft (two to VR-59 at NAS/JRB Forth Worth Texas, three to VR-58 at NAS Jacksonville Florida and three to VR-57 at NAS North Island California.

The C-40A aircraft is organically supported at the Organizational level. L3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training Division provides the Contractor Logistics Support and Depot Level maintenance. The L3 Team includes American Airlines and AAR. Source:

C-40A Technical Specifications

Advanced-technology CFM56-7
Maximum Sea-Level Static Thrust Performance
24,000 lbs
Maximum Gross Weight: Takeoff
171,000 lbs
Maximum Gross Weight: Landing
134,000 lbs
Maximum Gross Weight: Zero fuel
126,000 lbs
Fuel Capacity
6,875 gal
Lower Hold Cargo Volume
885 cu Ft
Schedule Reliability
3,200-nmi (121 passengers, or 36,000-lb main deck cargo, or 70 passengers/15,000-lb in combi configuration)
Cruise Speed
0.78 Mach to 0.82 Mach
Altitude Capability
41,000 ft
Extended Operations (ETOPS)
180 min


V-22 Osprey

The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing (VSTOL), multi-mission air-craft developed to fill multi-Service combat operational requirements. The MV-22 will replace the current Marine Corps assault helicopters in the medium lift category (CH-46E and CH-53D), contributing to the dominant maneuver of the Marine landing force, as well as supporting focused logistics in the days following commencement of an amphibious operation. The Air Force variant, the CV-22, will replace the MH-53J and MH-60G and augment the MC-130 fleet in the USSOCOM Special Operations mission. The Air Force requires the CV-22 to provide a long-range VTOL insertion and extraction capability. The tiltrotor design combines the vertical flight capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and range of a turboprop airplane and permits aerial refueling and world-wide self deployment.

Two 6150 shaft horsepower turboshaft engines each drive a 38 ft diameter, 3-bladed proprotor. The proprotors are connected to each other by interconnect shafting which maintains proprotor synchronization and provides single engine power to both proprotors in the event of an engine failure. The engines and flight controls are controlled by a triply redundant digital fly-by-wire system.

Primary function
Amphibious assault transport of troops, equipment and supplies from assault ships and land bases
Prime Contractor(s)

Boeing Defense and Space Group, Philadelphia, PA
Bell Helicopter Textron, Ft Worth, TX
Allison Engine Company, Indianapolis, IN
The V-22 Osprey is a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tiltrotor aircraft designed for combat, combat support, combat service support, and Special Operations missions worldwide. It will replace the Corps' aged fleet of CH-46E and CH-53D medium lift helicopters
  CV-22 will be utilized by the Air Force for their Special Operations missions maintaining maximum commonality with the MV-22. Aircraft avionics peculiar to the Air Force unique mission requirements constitute aircraft differences.
  HV-22 will be used Navy the for Combat Search and Rescue and fleet logistics support.
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84' 7" - Spread
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22' 1" - Spread
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Takeoff Weights
47,500 lb Vertical Takeoff/Landing (VTOL)
55,000 lb Short Takeoff/Landing (STOL)
60,500 lb Self Deploy STO 
200nm Pre-Assault Raid with 18 troops
200nm Land Assault with 24 troops
50 nm (x2) Amphibious Assault
500 nm Long Range SOF Missions (USAF/CV-22)
2100 nm Self Deploy (with one refueling)
50 nm External Lift Operations with 10,000 lb load
Cruise Airspeed
240 kts (MV-22)
230 kts (CV-22)
First Flight - March 19, 1989
First Sea Trials - USS Wasp (LHD-1), December, 1990, Aircraft # 3 & 4
First EMD Flight - February 5, 1997
2nd Sea Trials - USS Saipan (LHA-2), January, 1999, Aircraft #10
First LRIP Delivery - May 25, 1999
OPEVAL - Scheduled October, 1999 to May, 2000
Full Rate Production - First Quarter, 2001
IOC - USMC - 2001; US SOCOM - 2004
Unit Cost
$40.1M (Total Program Recurring Flyaway, Constant Year, FY94$)
Number Procured
12 MV-22(authorized through FY98)
Planned Inventory
348 MV-22 (USMC)
50 CV-22 (USAF)
48 HV-22 (USN)
Deployed to
MV-22s will be deployed to all Marine Corps medium lift active duty and reserve tactical squadrons, the medium lift training squadron (FRS), and the executive support squadron (HMX)


UC-12W Huron

The C-12 Huron is the military designation for a series of twin-engine turboprop aircraft based on the Beechcraft Super King Air and Beechcraft 1900. C-12 variants are used by the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. These aircraft are used for various duties, including embassy support, medical evacuation, as well as passenger and light cargo transport. Some aircraft are modified with surveillance systems for various missions, including the Cefly Lancer, Guardrail and Project Liberty programs.

Specifications (Beechcraft C-12 Huron)

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1–5
  • Capacity: 13 passengers
  • Length: 43 ft 9 in (13.34 m)
  • Wingspan: 54 ft 6 in (16.61 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
  • Wing area: 303 ft² (28.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 7,755 lb (3,520 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 turboprops, 850 shp (635 kW) each
  • Maximum speed: 333 mph (289 knots, 535 km/h) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m)
  • Range: 2,075 mi (1,800 nm, 3,338 km) with maximum fuel and 45 minute reserve
  • Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,450 ft/min (12.5 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 41.3 lb/ft² (201.6 kg/m²)
  • Fuel consumption: 0.1667 gal/mi
  • Power/mass: 0.14 hp/lb (220 W/kg)

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