I couldn’t agree with you more.Chinnok for all the lifting makes sense, but…
Thanks to a couple of decades of 'Its the wrong Helicopter Grommit', we've ended up with a mish mash of too small to do anything but act as a VSO's VIP ride utility helos; very small shiny ones with eye watering costs per hour to operate.
Wildcat was absolutely positively the most pointless purchase for the Army imaginable.
Too small to carry a section, armed to the teeth with the mighty GPMG, slower than the AH-64's its supposed to lead - and with inferior sensors. All at more cost than real helicopters, even an AH-64
as I say. No expert of fixed or rotary wing. So I’d agree that you need to be able to move A section at a time as a minimum.
But theoretically. If you had a Cab that could deliver 4 sections at a time if required (chinook) or a cab that can only move 2 sections at a time (Puma)
would you not be better off going for the bigger cab for more flexibility. Or is there stuff Puma does that Chinook can’t?