Nomadd wrote:Anybody thinking that the extra speed isn't a major thing can spend a few hours under fire, waiting for support to show. Rapid response has never been more important than it is today.
Rapid response in this case isn’t just dictated by speed but also by numbers of airframes available. If we can build these things for the cost of an upgraded UH-60 and deploy them to rougher forward bases then sure it’s better. If numbers get slashed in half and we have to support them all at major airfields then you may not see much gain in many scenarios. Anyone care to guess what these things might cost?
You also have to be able to use he speed operationally. Tilted forward you have to fly like an airplane rather than move like a helicopter. That reduces your ability to use terrain to mask your movements making you somewhat more vulnerable than a standard helicopter if we are doing something anywhere we don’t have abject air dominance and total SEAD accomplished.
I can see the case for them in many roles. But I am doubtful on them replacing the large number of utility helicopters for the reasons above plus many others.