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Jensy
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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Jensy » 17 Sep 2021, 00:46

Well, having reverted back to Boxer... after all these years... (Zoom in on the lower cockpit)..

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We've always done very well from adapted Sikorsky designs...

Still given the opportunity I think AW149 is our best option.

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 17 Sep 2021, 01:53

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.

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Ron5 » 17 Sep 2021, 14:35

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.

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby marktigger » 20 Sep 2021, 15:33

Ron How many times have the UK rejected the Blackhawk even with it being manufactured under licence in the UK?

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 20 Sep 2021, 19:25

I think cabin height has been seen as an issue with the Blackhawk,

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Ron5 » 21 Sep 2021, 05:53

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.

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 28 Sep 2021, 20:18

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.

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 04 Oct 2021, 16:04

What, if any, would the UK contribution be to an order for this platform?

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Re: Puma Helicopter (RAF)

Postby Ron5 » 04 Oct 2021, 18:24

Lord Jim wrote:What, if any, would the UK contribution be to an order for this platform?


Leonardo says 60% of the AW169 would be sourced from UK companies and of course, it would be built at Westlands.


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