Part 1 of 3: Force Design 2030
With the US Marines, I think they tend to be more aligned as a smaller entity. The US Marines is what ~10 times the size of the Australian Army, while the US Army is more like 50 times? In things like Tanks, its even worse, Australia has effectively a rounding error number of tanks compared to the hundreds of thousands of US tanks.
1. “As a result of Force Design 2030 squadron divestments, and pending final disposition, the US Marine Corps expects to induct 53 H-1s (27 AH-1Zs and 26 UH-1Ys) into long-term preservation and storage," US Marine Corps Captain Andrew Wood, a service spokesperson said in Mar 2021.
2. In the dated 2019 US Marine Aviation Plan, the last iteration of this annual report that the service has publicly released
, said that the goal at that time was to have a total of 145 Vipers and 116 Venoms in both active-duty and reserve component units by the end of Fiscal Year 2022. The good news is Israel has approved the purchase of the CH-53K in Feb 2021. The Ch-53K will reach IOC in FY2024. All in all, the CH-53K promises to overhaul the capabilities of the US Marine Heavy Helicopter community, but the modernization has been a long time in the works, and the costs involved are eye-watering.
3. GIVEN the Mar 2021 update, it seems the US Marines will now operate 118 Vipers and 90 Venoms or less in Force Design 2030. They are also giving up their MBTs but they are gaining the ability to deploy A2AD forces within the 1st island chain; where the US Marine Corps is still focused on four main areas: logistics and sustainment; long-range precision fires; alternate positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT); and command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (C5ISRT).