I'm afraid that Wildcat will be probably the last UK-produced helicopter. But, I would be glad to be wrong on that issue.SW1 wrote:abc123
No it’s not that at all. All company’s particularly aerospace ones are multinational, what should happen as part of these deals is agreements to put workshare in the uk in exchange, it may not even necessarily be on the contracts that were buying but on upcoming future contracts, the biggest problem with Boeing it hasn’t done it and deliberately tried to destroy uk industry so I agree it need to change it ways. There is a balance to be struck merlin is good as an asw helicopter but expensive. It’s gearbox let’s it down. We already have 60 chinook in service and it already is the a/c of choice in the support helicopter role and the only heavy lift option out there, there has been options on other recent Boeing sole sources so there much more contentious.
There will at some point come a replacement requirement for merlin, puma and wildcat or a combination there off. A helicopter potientially optionally manned configurable to take on the various roles like Blackhawk has done for the Americans would be something that could be supplied from a uk production line, aw149 being the obvious Westland candidate or joining France in the H160m but there are others. Development would be needed and it will depend if the uk wishes to stay in the helicopter final assembly market or produce high value major subs like it has with civil aerospace.
About Merlin, while I agree that CEASAR has some Italian input, IMHO I would rather buy 20 Merlins and give more work for workers in UK than for Boeing and American workers. After all, if France can live without Chinooks than UK can too. Yes, they do have some problems and it's not perfest, but France is still there, their military is still there, their soldiers aren't dying en masse because they don't have Chinooks. And, UK has Chinooks, not one or two, but 60 of them. But the UK has 60 Merlins as well. And while I agree that in some things Chinhook is must have- nobody in the world will convince me that Merlins aren't good enough for SF support ( and presumably these new birds will be for that purpose ).
To conclude, just ask ourself- can you imagine France doing something like this? Buying American product when they have domestic not perfest- but good enough? I can't. And the record of last 50 years shows that their way is better, at least IMHO.