As we know British and European helicopters are expensive but I recently read the following in February's "Air Forces Monthy" on page 14: "On december 12, Army and Navy officials signed a $7.4 billion contract with Sikorsky to buy 537 H-60s; approimately 290 UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawks for the Army and around 247 MH-60 Sea Hawks for the Navy" Now let me see, in the late 1990s we took elivery of about 44 Royal Navy Merlins for about £3.5 billion, which equals about £80 million each (I have heard actually about £100 million each). But $7.4 billion equals about £3.2 billion which means each aircraft costs about only £6.3 million each!! For the same cost of 44 RN Merlins we could have got 537 helicopters! Yes I know that in some areas Merlins are better than a Sea Hawk or Black Hawk, but are they better than 12 US helicopters??? I have just realised that I must sound like Lewis Page, but I am not honest!