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Korean Navy to buy European chopper instead of American one

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/ZenKimchi ZenKimchi

    At first I thought you were talking about Harleys.

  • http://twitter.com/BROMOTORBOAT Lan

    haha.  the american one looks cooler.

  • Keith

    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.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    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.

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    well, considering the USA just ripped off Korea recently with the last military purchase – (airplanes) I guess Korea has to save money somehow.

  • Keith

    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.

  • wangkon936

    Not airplanes.  Drones.

  • Wedge1

    Which airplanes? Enlighten us.

  • Wedge1

    It’s Lynx. It’s pretty good, but clearly the MH-60 is better. You get what you pay for.

  • flyingsword

    You get what you pay for, generally speaking.

  • flyingsword

    BTW, Keith, how was the helicopter pilot an ace?  Did he shoot down at least 5 other helicopters?

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com/ Sperwer

    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?

  • dlbarch

    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
    Auxiliary.

    DLB

  • wangkon936

    That’s a good point DLB.

  • wangkon936

    Here is more detail:

    http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022013-south-koreas-purchase-of-non-us-helicopters-a-turning-point-analysis/

    Money shot:

    “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. “