|Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):|
I will never understand why they went with this airframe vs. The proven SH-60. Unless it is a case of big helicopter syndrome.
Hopefully the windscreens won't drop out of these like they did on the cormorants.
Size. Canada has a history of operating large helicopters from its ships, and had earlier rejected the SH
-60 in the first go around for MHP
in favour of the EH
-101. The SH
-60 didn't have the endurance or the interior space necessary to carry the sensors and weapons long enough to be an adequate Sea King replacement. Also, it was only until recently with the MH
-60R did the SH
-60 carried both active and passive sensors, and the MH
-60R is a very tight bird on the inside with all of the sensors. I will also add that there were concerns over crew workload in the SH
-60, as the SH
-60 can realistically only carry 3 crew members while the Sea King carries 4, which helps divide up the workload.