Across the spectrum of military operations Marine Aviation shapes the battle space, primarily in direct support of Marines on the ground. The MAGTF’s balanced combined arms team is unequaled in its ability to respond to a broad range of operations spanning from humanitarian assistance to major combat operations.
Today, Marine Aviation’s priority is to transition and transform our aviation force. Marine Corps Aviation will replace legacy aircraft, some of which have been flying since the Vietnam War, with far more capable aircraft. During the next decade, Marine aviation will transition from 13 to 6 type-model-series (T/M/S) manned aircraft. These aircraft and capabilities will provide the MAGTF with tools, weapons, and information necessary to defeat the enemy on the battlefield today and in the future.
Our Corps’ aviation Transition strategy is based on two mutually supportive efforts: (1) sustain the legacy fleet and (2) transition to new aircraft and enabling systems. Our Corps’ aviation is prepared to ensure our continued capability to carry out all six functions of Marine Aviation: (1) assault support, (2) anti-aircraft warfare, (3) offensive air support, (4) EW, (5) control of aircraft and missiles, and (6) aerial reconnaissance. Marine Aviation’s multi-year transition plan to a dramatically changed fleet includes the following programs:
- legacy aircraft modernization and sustainment
- Marine Air Command and Control System (MACCS) modernization and sustainment
- F-35B and F-35C JSF
- MV-22B Osprey
- UH-1Y and AH-1Z
- KC-130J and Harvest (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) HAWK system
- CH-53K program and heavy lift requirements
- RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and other UAS programs and upgrades
- OSA sustainment and upgrades
- Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S)
- AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)
- Composite Tracking Network(CTN)
- P-19A Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle Replacement