Shame we never bought any for the AAC when we had the licence. Would have been ideal for 16AA as an integral platform, and very useful in Afghanistan, being used in roles such as those carrier out by the Lynx AH9 and Puma and complimenting the RAF's ,and FAA's larger platforms.
You need to read all about the "Westland's Affair" to see how getting UK politicians involved in industrial decisions is invariably disastrous. I'd say they were all as think as pig shyt but pigs are quite intelligent.
I think the government forcing Westlands into European ownership against their wishes had more to do with Black Hawk being rejected than anything else. Well that and the general lack of money for anything new.
Being able to carry two fully equipped infantry Section, means a full company could be carried by only six aircraft. Just what 16AA need, a Regiment of say 24 of these permanently part of the Aviation Brigade together with the two Apache Guardian Regiments and the Wild cat Regiment. Let the RAF concentrate on just the Chinook fleet moving forward. A second AAC Regiment could provide the detachments in Brunei and Cyprus as well as supporting other Squadron sized detachments in support of smaller deployments and exercises. That would require a total of 48.