Blackhawks are nowhere near as big as you think they are and are super expensive to boot. Basically an American Merlin
Yes and much more.Is the H225M not simply a modernised Super Puma?
AAC Flight went from Belize over decade and half ago, came back hereI don’t think it’s for wildcat: gazelle, puma, dauphin and the random small ones in belieze.
Aviation seems to be an area where we don't succumb quite as easily to US SF fashions.However, they pass the “JSOC use them, so we need them” test...
which is why Leonardo will pull out all the stops, fair and foul, to keep Blackhawks out of the fray.
If they get in, you’ll be under pressure to replace the problem child Grey Junglies with MH-60’s.
I’m out of the loop by a few years but when did Puma stop being second-rate shit?
Nope as the Merlin Mk4 are way bigger than the MH-60S and btw USN does not use MH-60S in lifting anything more than a SEAL Team when tasked.... you forget its the USMC MV-22B, CH-53E and now K, UH-1Y that ferry the Marines.
Hand on heart I love to see a MH-60R Seahawk in Royal Navy colors for ASW/ASUW but it aint gonna happen.
Grey Junglies spend most of their time acting as gofers, and Royals ain’t impressed by their reliability - ‘The sea king was slow, but it would always go’.
as regards ASW SH-60’s?
unless the RN is going to buy more HM Merlins, (never going to happen), any uplift in ASW numbers, (very not enough helos), is going to put them right in the frame, coz the only other option is NH-90, and that’s - Run Away!
We’re a long way yet to go down that road.let’s not jump to any conclusions also slightly digressing the US Navy looking longer term for MH-60R replacement....
let’s not jump to any conclusions also slightly digressing the US Navy looking longer term for MH-60R replacement....