The ROK Navy has decided to buy the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat instead of the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk.
The Seahawk reportedly outperformed the Wildcat in the evaluation tests, but the Wildcat won on price.
AW159 WildcatMH-60R Seahawk
At first I thought you were talking about Harleys.
haha. the american one looks cooler.
They’re both good machines by the looks of it. The Linx based helicopter has a long and outstanding pedigree though. If they’re good enough for the SAS and SBS, I’m sure they’re good enough for the ROK Navy.
Well, yes and no. The SAS and SBS have to make do with a lot of clapped-out, obsolete shit. If that’s your standard, then sure. Wait until the Argentines grab the Falklands again, then get back to us on the British equipment.
well, considering the USA just ripped off Korea recently with the last military purchase – (airplanes) I guess Korea has to save money somehow.
Well, Brendon, as the Linx family of helicopters has been around for a while I think it’s a good decision. Parts will be easier to come by and cheaper to obtain, it’s been proven in both combat and as a search and rescue aircraft. If it’s cheaper and gets the job done the Koreans can buy more of them. It used to be the fastest helicopter in the world until a very short time ago. I saw an ace flying one at Farnborough airshow a few years ago, the Linx family of helicopters can do incredible things in the right hands.
Not airplanes. Drones.
Which airplanes? Enlighten us.
It’s Lynx. It’s pretty good, but clearly the MH-60 is better. You get what you pay for.
You get what you pay for, generally speaking.
BTW, Keith, how was the helicopter pilot an ace? Did he shoot down at least 5 other helicopters?
well, considering the USA just ripped off Korea recently with the last military purchase
You mean because of the built-in technology transfer stealth premium?
Well, there could also be a political component here, since it was only
last March when the Royal Navy selected Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine to build a new
fleet of logistics support and tanker vessels for the Royal Fleet
That’s a good point DLB.
Here is more detail:
“The eight Lynx Wildcats, to be delivered over a two-year period from 2015, will cost US$560 million, compared to the US$1 billion price tag for the Seahawks. Another factor was Agusta-Westland’s guarantee of industrial technology transfer to South Korea’s defence industry. “
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