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Old 11th Jan 2012, 11:19
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I wonder if the press are aware that we will lose net 2 entire helicopter fleets by 2015 with the demise of Sea King Mk 4if this cut goes ahead. How many helicopters? Circa 60 plus at a guess.

Pretty shabby thing to do in light of headlines about a lack of troop carrying helicopters only 2 years ago......

So put upgrade money into the HC4s which are already more capable than Puma (if equally aged), but are sufficiently smaller than Chinook & Merlin to meet the claimed differential for Puma. Benson keeps its Merlins, bin the Puma. Or is that the wrong answer as CHF survives?

And as posted earlier, it wasn't so much lack of actual cabs, more deployable in theatre and funded cabs that was the issue.
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