|Quoting LY744 (Reply 41):|
Um, the "Cyclone" is Chinook sized. It's huge. No way are they a replacement for the Griffon.
No, the Cyclone (based on the Superhawk is meant to be the successor to the Blackhawk) and is smaller than the Merlin, which is itself smaller than the Chinook. The Cyclone/Superhawk can carry 22 troops, the Merlin can carry 30, and the Chinook 44 (actually can carry more but this is the manufacturers figure). It is true that the Cyclone is indeed larger than the Griffon (which can carry 8-12 troops) but that is a good thing. I'd rather have a helicopter that is a little too big, than one that is too small/underpowered etc, etc, as the Griffon is. Considering the vast size of Canada, I'd rather have better helicopters than medicore ones meant to buy votes for an election.
Griffon: Cabin length 2.3m, Cabin width 2.4m, Cabin volume 6.2m³
Cyclone: Cabin length 6.10m, Cabin width 2.01m, Cabin volume 16.9m³
Merlin: Cabin length 6.5m, Cabin width 2.49m, Cabin volume 28 m3
Chinook: Cabin length 9.3m, Cabin width 2.3m, Cabin volume 42m³
|Quoting DL021 (Reply 42):|
That attitude has changed. The USAF is pleased with the performance of their C-130Js and even decided that it's probably better to buy new J models than refurbish old H and Es. It appears that many who decried the Js did so either for reasons of fund scarcity and placement, or simply that they were repeating what they heard some higher ups say.
It's overcome it's teething problems and is providing excellent service for all forces using them. Even the RAF has gotten past the software integration issues they were having.
Here's an article by a pilot in the USAF who flew them in combat conditions.
DL021, thanks for this info as all I have heard is what a piece of junk the J series is. It's good to see that it is (finally) living up to expectations. That said, I still think that Canada would be better of with the A400. It is larger and with a country our size, I'd rather have more capacity to carry equipment and personnel around the country/world.