Ron5 wrote:Also surprised at the love for the losing Lockheed Crowsnest entry. Looked crap to me and chances of it being ready by now? And don't forget, Lockheed (albeit a different part) recommended against it!
That's the danger of a Chinese wall. You can't make rational, highly biased choices for your own corporate benefit.
At the time I thought the flexibility of the Vigilance pod to go on anything from a Hercules or A400m to a V-22 was more attractive than the Thales offering. Not much love for it beyond that and I doubt it would ever been fitted to anything other than a Merlin.
That said, if it were compatible with the Mk3/4 commando Merlins, not just the HM2s that could potentially have kept the ASW helo fleet focused on its main task. Though of course we'd then probably be short of cabs for the Royal Marines...