posted on May, 11 2014 @ 09:57 AM
a reply to: Sammamishman
They tried to replace the Blackhawk with the Lakota. The LUH is now a non-deployable helicopter because it is under powered. Whatever they decide on
needs to be powerful enough to hand air assault missions, quiet enough to maintain an element of surprise, and fast enough to get on target before the
patient bleeds out or the target leaves the area.
Right now the Army is moving into the mentality of everything needs to be multirole. But not everything can be. Take, for example, the scrapping of
the OH58 and the use of the Apache to fill the scouting and base defense role.
Let us not forget that the Apache spends more time in the hangar than it does in the air. When it does fly it is great for certain applications, but
not for everything.
The designs are neat and pretty. But as a Blackhawk crewchief that has entered combat, if the function isn't there, then it's just another hunk of
money down the drain.