Zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 7725 posts, RR: 73 Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3507 times:
Bit of a surprise move.
I thought the EC 665 would have had a better chance there over a refurbished airframe and somewhat dated (even after the update) avionics, considering they have already crashed around half of their current AH-1W fleet.
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Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3203 times:
The $1.5 billion was for 12 frames, though the US is being coy about the final number to be delivered. I can't find the FMS notification yet, though I would expect the deal to include the frames, spare engines for the new and existing copters, new armament (will most likely include several hundred TOW missiles, to arm new copters and replace ammo used up vs Kurds.
Not saying it's a cheap deal, but it is cheaper than inducting a new type, and training all of your aircrews in a new program, all the while developing your new tactics.
Quote: Project AIR87 will acquire an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) capability for the Army. The ARH system will consist of 22 Eurocopter Tiger helicopters including a fully instrumented ARH, a training system consisting of a Full Flight and Mission Simulator (FFMS); two Cockpit Procedures Trainers (CPT); and ground crew training devices, other supporting components including the ARH Software Support Capability (ASSC), a Ground Mission Management System to support operational communications, Electronic Warfare Mission Support System, a Maintenance Management System, facilities and ammunition.