Tinman wrote:If the RAF required the UH60 it would get it, but there is no requirement for it, fro weather the Army or the RAF. AH64E, Wildcat, CH47 are a rather potent force that fits the requirements laid down by JHC, Land etc.
That's rather the point, the RAF doesn't require an assault or utility helicopter, but the Army does. The CH47 does some things very well. If you want to shift equipment and supplies, or move large numbers of personnel quickly its perfect. But if you need to move small numbers of personnel, commanders for instance, or small loads its an extravagance. More importantly using it to conduct air assaults is hardly ideal. Is it sensible to risk a CH47, loaded with troops going into a hot or potentially hot LZ? Losing just one could have serious consequences. Losing a Chinook was one of the major worries of the Commanders in Afghanistan, not to mention the Politian's.
What you want when conducting an air assault is a smaller helicopter that can carry a section or so of troops, which is agile and can be armed, capable of landing in confined spaces when necessary and taking a degree of damage, the loss of which is acceptable.