|Quoting CX747 (Reply 2):|
10th hand Mi-17s purchased from foreign operators do not have the same pedigree.
|Quoting sasd209 (Reply 4):|
Ah yes, they do indeed seem happy with how the acquisition program went, but they are not the ones flying the bird in service.
|Quoting A342 (Reply 3):|
Many of the Mils are in fact brand new. See here for the details of one such acquisition:
|Quoting Spacepope (Reply 7):|
What the article doesn't say is that the USN also provided 4 Mils to Pakistan at that same time, which were used for a very short while before one crashed, and the others were rejected and returned due to safety concerns.
|Quoting CX747 (Thread starter):|
It seems that the venerable Sikorsky S-61 or SH-3 Sea King is receiving a new lease on life via a State Department purchase. Sikorsky and a private contractor named Carson will update the S-61s to S-61T "Triton" standards (new glass cockpit, composite rotor blades, 1,200lb increase in lift capacity). Up to 110 of these helicopters will be delivered over the next five years via current State Department/Defense Department equipment and civilian purchases.
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 9):|
Is there any linkage between this program and the upgrades the "Marine One" SH-3s were going to get after the VH-71 fiasco?
|Quoting sasd209 (Reply 10):|
Ahh....and that is the question. While the Navy waits for a replacement for the VH-3D fleet, could the composite blades, uprated engines, and glass cockpit be a realistic upgrade option to extend their life? As far as I know the "S-61T" has only recently been introduced into service and I thought that the Navy required an A/C for VH use be in service for "X" number of years before being considered for Executive use....
|Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 11):|
New "Marine One"?
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 12):|
It's still dumbfounding to see that DOS thinks it needs 100+ helos for its own use, and on top of that DOD thinks it needs 20+ helos to support the Marine One mission.
|Quoting columba (Reply 16):|
Would that be an option for the German navy ?
|Quoting sasd209 (Reply 17):|
The NH-90 is out there as are used Lynxes, SeaSprites; new SIK Seahawk and H-92's, KA-27's, EH-101's and I'm quite sure I'm missing others. Even if money is tight, surely there are other A/C at least a generation newer with less hours on them out there looking for 'new' owners..