Some info for you on this thread of acquiring NH90 for the Creden Hill chaps.....
The current A109s are getting 'surveyed' soon with the (possible) aim of getting rid of them, as their condition leaves a lot to be desired (ancient wiring, mods on mods, - after all 2 of them were nicked off the Argies in 1982!)
Im sure that the "cottage industry" in Yeovil would be involved in any future SF cab...
Personally, there's better aircraft out there than those from the West Country Pasty Factory, but UK MOD don't like multi-type fleets, so if they did buy NH90, then they'd fit RTM 322 engines, put some old Lunx blades on it.... f**k it up as usual - you know the story!
I take your points, I should have elaborated on the statement: multi-type fleets.
Most of those older aircraft were bought when cash was no object, but as someone pointed out, the green and grunty end of the helo fleet may just end up as 4 types. My statement related to the unlikelihood of UK MoD buying NH90 when its in the same sales pitch 'bracket' as a Merlin.
SABR will probably result in another buy of Merlin, if it ever goes ahead. Thats why the replacement for Lynx will be another Lynx.
You need a big mover (Chinook), medium multi-roler (Merlin HC3 and AEW types), a versatile multirole lightweighter (Lynx) and a deep strike (Apache).
Ignore all those griffins, squirrels etc...there really just civvi cabs hiding behind a swift respray and a tug onto the Military register, so you can fling them about and not be hindered by the tighter civvy flying regulations.
To maintain the element of suprise for the Regt lads when they respond to an event by helo, then it will probably be another "Pope-mobile chopper" all civvied and sprayed-up but on the Mil register.
Hope that clarifies my answer - go and get some Blackhawks (theres loads out here in the desert!) Compromises the element of suprise, but lets the terrorists know you're coming - worked well with the Scout!