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Originally posted by THENEO
Can't they make some stripped down version to sell to other countries?
I guess it doesn't work that way in the military business.
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
I knew this would happen, as I wrote in a previous post. The Comanche was an absolute waste of money. They pretty much tried to emulate the capabilities of the F-117A in an attack helicopter and failed miserably.
That is not the case, where did you get that info from? The Commanche was solely intended as a battlefield recon asset with some attack capability.
For one thing, the Comanche could hardly carry weapons. To carry more meant it would have to sacrifice stealth capability. And the ability to turn horizontally flat doesn't have much use.
First, the Commanche could carry plenty of ordnance for what it needed to do. It would only carry more after knocking out all the AAA assets that would have been it's greatest threat.
Second, that ability to turn proved quite useful to Marine Cobra's in Iraq. Who are you to tell whether or not a maneuver is useful. Are you a pilot, I didn't think so. Playing video games does not allow you to speak on the subject of helicopter maneuvers.
The Comanche was doomed from the start. It was something that could never work.
Actually, they proved that it could work. The problem was never finding an end point for the design. Too much stuff needed to be placed into too little a package.
The Army will have to seriously get it's AH-64D Longbow Apache program working. It'll be useless, but it'll be far more useful than the Comanche.
Originally posted by gooking
What a waste of money. I thought the bush admin. cancelled the crusader project because they believe air power would be the way and now they cancelled the comanche. What are they thinking?