|Quoting JakeOrion (Thread starter):|
Again, I am skeptical but I was curious if anyone would know anything about this rumor?
Absolutely dead wrong.
Both airframes are at Redstone, and one will soon be going to the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama. And the second one will either go to another museum, elsewhere... or serve as a testbed for future system development.
When General Cody cancelled the program, he took all of the money that was originally slotted to go towards the RAH-66, and spread it out across the entire Army aviation fleet.
Instead of buying roughly 180 Comanches, we'll be getting far more "bang" for our buck.
The Army was going to be spending billions of dollars on about 180 airframes. At the same time, our CH
-47 Chinooks were old and needing major rehaul. Our UH-60 Black Hawks were 20yrs old and lacked modern technology. Our C-23 Sherpas were 30yrs old and showing signs of structural fatigue. Our guard units were still flying UH-1s for stateside VIP/search & rescue/RAID missions, and the airframes were old. Our AH
-64D Longbows were no longer the most capable Longbow available (Netherlands for example had Block II
So what did we do? We canceled the Comanche and transferred that money into fixing all the problems I listed above.
For the CH
-47 community, they are getting the new F model. For the UH-60 community, we are getting the new M model. For the AH
-64 community, they have the Block II
upgrade and will get the Block III upgrade around 2008. For the C-23 community, they will get the C-27 Spartan. For the OH
-58D community they will get the RAH-70. And the UH-1s and OH
-58A/C are now being replaced by the UH-72A Lakotas.
We're NOT getting the RAH-66. The Army doesn't want it, and the money has been put into better ventures. Even if Congress magically gave the Army the cash, it's doubtful the Army would waste it on the Comanche. Especially when we stop to consider the fact that we currently have nearly two and half
divisions worth of equipment waiting in depot for repairs!
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.