Little J wrote: ↑12 Nov 2023, 15:50
mrclark303 wrote: ↑12 Nov 2023, 04:09
Alternatively, just save money, go bigger, buy 60 + UH60's and replace the Army Wildcat with that too...
*cough* AW149 *cough*...
Well, one thing in its corner now, Poland have started receiving aircraft, so I assume they paid to complete it's development to a full NATO compatible standard?
That's one tick in the box
Questions needing to be answered, can it take typical non critical LZ bullet hole damage, be immediately patched up and back into service, or not?
Is it capable of maritime deployment and use in reasonably high sea states?
Our helicopter assets are spread so thin, the new Medium helicopter must be capable of being Carrier embarked when the situation calls for it. It must be a flexible asset.
What's its comparative cost against the UH-60 benchmark?
Non of this, UK economic benefits nonsense either, as that money doesn't come back to the defence budget, it just takes a bigger bite out of it than necessary.
Someone convince me that it's not just another Wastelands white elephant like the Wildcat.