No need for 4 extra NH.90 if you will add 6 CH-47F Chinooks. The current Sea Sprites are good enough to fly another good number of years, so no money waste on another expensive helo (MH-60R). Add four to six more AW.109 to supplement the current fleet.I miss the medium sized transports here! 8 AT-6B would indeed a great idea... I have doubts about eight Super King Airs, or will some of them equiped for coastal patrol duties.
Post 2035 planning from what I can ascertain is that the JATF will become heavier in combat weight which in my veiw should be a mix of troop numbers and capabilty.
By leaving the medium utilty lift as is it limited the operational capabilty at home and whilst the JATF is at sea,. Out of the 8 aircraft you would only have 3/4 airframes avalible the others should be in various state of maintenance, by increasing the capabilty to 12 Means you potencialy have 4x airframes for the JATF 4x airframes for domestic needs 4x various levels of maintenance, of course numbes can go up or down deepending on circumstances.[CH-47 should have 2x airframes avalible at any one time as a minimum,surge capabilty should see 4x aircraft at the most, using the Singaporean Endurance 170 LHD as a guide we could see at a maximum effort 6x NH-90 2x CH-47 and 2/3 SeaSprites for a JATF rotary task group. For NZ that is doing more with not much more expenditure over a period of time.
Harking back to the comments re the wood-burning stove in the Li-2 (is that REALLY a true story? However one does hear of such things occurring in postwar railway carriages in India (and occasionally in civil airliners in same country, including Viscounts, although usually smartly stamped out by cabin crew!), the original DC-3 and C-47 had (believe it or not) a STEAM-powered heating system installed as standard equipment from fairly early in its history until well into WW2 (1944). This remarkable device, which relied on a small boiler heated by the engine exhaust system, was not exactly praised for its reliability, and was subsequently removed for post-war civilian usage in temperate climates. I think a less controversial and more conventional hot air system was introduced in later C-47s, and was common postwar on routes that requited such a device.
Yes the Li-2 had a wood stove, it was place next to the door, and there were handles on it that could be used to throw the thing out the door if things got away. The military Li-2 often had a gun turret fitted in place of the astrodome. From "The DC-3" The story of the Dakota by Carroll V. Glines & Wendell F. Moseley. Published by Andre Deutsch Ltd., 105 Great Russell St London WC-1. isc
That's what they wanted to do to the C-130s when they were at Woodbourn,it would have been cheaper than overhauling the old engines and props. isc
Pity the article doesn't cover how they addressed the stall issue as I recall the C130J has software limits to get around issues relating to the propellers causing the aircraft to have a roll on stall due to the flow effects of the 8 bladed propellers.