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In order to meet the tactical requirements of tomorrow’s force, work is continuing on the development of a short-take-off-and landing (STOL)/SSTOL aircraft as a replacement for the C-130. Such an aircraft is required in the long term both to replace the C-130 in its current role and mission and to support operations from a sea base. The Air Force has initiated the AMC-X program, leading to the development of the joint operational concept and requirement for future tactical airlift capabilities to support joint land force, maritime, and air operations as well as other theater airlift needs. The needs identified by the Army present a formidable technical challenge: a craft with an 80,000-pound payload, to accommodate two Stryker or Future Combat System vehicles, and a SSTOL landing profile. Yet achieving that capability would also go far toward meeting a high capacity seabasing connector requirement.
Originally posted by pavil
Won't that take some monstrous engines to make a Big Cargo STOL craft? The amount of power needed to lift that so fast would be great.