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    What exactly is there on the WAH-64Ds that they have to be replaced already?

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    French military helicopter readiness depends on fleet

    PARIS — The latest official update on readiness of French military helicopters show an average availability less than 50 percent, with the Tiger attack helicopter only ready for operations a quarter of the time.

    The French Army fleet of 59 Tiger attack helicopters was last year ready for operations an average 25.6 percent at a total annual maintenance cost of €88.61 million (U.S. $98.2 million),
    the Defence Ministry said in response to a written question from Member of Parliament François Cornut-Gentille.

    The Tiger’s 2016 availability compares with 21.4 percent in the previous year and is based on an average age of 5.5 years.

    A low availability of French military helicopters and high cost of maintenance have sparked concern, leading Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to pledge last November an availability boost to an average 50 percent across the fleets, with special attention paid to the Tiger.
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    The flight tests of the new Kamov Ka-62 medium-class multirole helicopter will begin this year.

    Russia to begin flight tests of new multirole helicopter

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    French military helicopter readiness? Depends on the fleet
    Makes India's Su-30 availability look downright excellent.
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    Export version of China's Z-19 attack helo makes maiden flight


    The Z-19E, the export version of the China's Z-19 attack helicopter, made its maiden flight on 18 May.

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    A helo shall cost more than an F-35?
    Damn.. That's on track to cost twice what an F-35A does.
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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    For the cost of one CH-53K you can buy three CH-47Fs and pocket a cool $20m.

    And here I thought USMC was about doing more with less.
    Last edited by Rii; 20th May 2017 at 00:04.

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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/...s-on-the-fleet

    My god that those are some atrocious availability numbers. This is response to BlackArchers post.

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    For the cost of one CH-53K you can buy three CH-47Fs and pocket a cool $20m.

    And here I thought USMC was about doing more with less.
    First they'd have to develop a navalised Chinook. One that can stay embarked for more than a few days and doesn't need washed-down afterwards. And which is resistant to the EM spectrum of a ship.

    Then the Marines would have to determine how to fit two Chinooks into the space of one Stallion on a ship, in order to provide the same or better lifting capacity.

    Then they'd have to throw away those decades of accumulated '53E spares and buy new inventory for the Chinook. Plus new training & process development.

    Add all that up as program cost and divide by total number of airframes and let us know how much a Sea Chinook will cost. It certainly won't be anywhere near the 47F's flyaway, no-spares, no-training sticker-price.


    *Then* try to estimate the cost of monopolising to one heavy-lift capable manufacturer for the future. How much would Boeing charge for a Chinook without competition from Sikorsky, their only non-Mil rival.
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    Seven Sea King ex-RAF helicopters handed over to Pakistan Navy.

    Sea King helicopters formally handed over to Pakistan Navy


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    Bolivia receives last Super Puma helicopter, hints at future acquisitions


    Bolivia has received five of six Airbus Helicopters AS 332C1e Super Pumas ordered in 2013.

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