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Australian Defense Force selects Boeing AH-64E Guardian to replace the Tiger

Hypothetical question; what helicopters should Australia be buying for the ADF and why? Also, should the Eurocopter EC135 be going to the Australian Navy as I have heard that they're prone to rust, is this just a rumour? Also is the NHIndustries NH90 a pile of sh*t?
 
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Blackhawks - there are lots of different models, loads of people use them, and you already have them.
 
Unfortunately, you are right. I wonder what the UK paid per unit per Merlin, vs what we could have had Seahawks for.
 
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rustygun

Clanker
AH64 and UH60M and CH47D or MH53. The Jews have 53s, why shouldn't we?
Yes, the NH90 is beginning is becoming recognised as the piece of crap we always knew it was.

F35B and nuclear subs for the RAN while we're at it.
 

Funnelweb

Swinger
Problem is we get a workable platform then the project team Australianise them and thus begins years of costly issues: Tanker, AWAC, Spartan, Tiger Helo, Sea sprite etc etc
C17 was probably the only acquisition that was purchased off the shelf and has been relatively trouble free.
 
ADF have selected the Ah-64E Guardian to replace the Tiger so there it is laughingly it’s throwback near quarter of century ago when the AH-64D was one of many contenders such as the Armed Blackhawk, AH-1W/Z, Rooivalk and Tiger of which the latter won and has been little difficult to get fully up and running. Some may argue it was parItaly to do with assembling under Hawker in Australia...



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Great result but really must irk many about the waste of money on the Tiger.

I think the Aussies had to rely on other nations in Afghanistan because the Tiger wasn’t capable, a waste of opportunity to build capability in the services too (unless Army pilots in Aus flew coalition helos)?
 
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Cromarty

Old-Salt
Great result but really must irk many about the waste of money on the Tiger.

I think the Aussies had to rely on other nations in Afghanistan because the Tiger wasn’t capable, a waste of opportunity to build capability in the services too (unless Army pilots in Aus flew coalition helos)?

"irk" is an understatement. The Tiger fiasco is another procurement ADF disgrace. That is happened when our soldiers were in need of air support boaders on criminal.

I thought we should have gone with the Bell AH-1W/Z offer initially. We work very closely with the USMC and it is fully marinized for deployment on the LHD's. They work great in desert conditions as well. We could have had the AH-W's almost straight away and the -Z's when they became available.
 

Boxy

GCM
IIRC the French flew Tigers in Afghanistan, I seem to remember seeing them flying in strike groups, well in the company of their Pumas on more than occasion in the skies over Kabul
 
IIRC the French flew Tigers in Afghanistan, I seem to remember seeing them flying in strike groups, well in the company of their Pumas on more than occasion in the skies over Kabul
And the German Heeresflieger as well on escort with their NH90 TTH.

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