Question: If the USAF says it will try to do the C-27’s mission with it’s existing, yet dwindling, fleet of C-130s, and the Army has wanted the C-27J program for so long, why not ask the Army if they want the aircraft? This is how the project should have been handled originally, allowing the C-27J to replace the Army’s archaic C-23 Sherpas, but instead the USAF bitched and moaned enough that they ended up taking the program from the ground pounder’s hands, to only ditch it once its operational! If the Army needs it so bad than let them step up to the plate and operate the capable haulers on their dime. If they say no, then we all know how important the C-27J program was in the first place…
It sickens me that the services don’t trade gear in order to maximize their priorities. Just as it puzzles the hell out of me that the Marines don’t solve some of their aging fast jet and F-35B cost explosion problems by picking up some A-10’s from the USAF? Could the Marine grunt ask for a better machine watching over him? I think not.
The services need to grow up, especially the USAF and USMC. After years of the “every capability at any cost” rediculousness they are now dealing with the impending budget axe in a vacuum. One based on each individual service’s capabilities, with large disregard to the total force. Word of advice and warning to those in charge over at the Pentagon:
Learn to do more with what you have got, not procure less of what you want.