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The US Army has pulled the plug on it's newest helecopter, the RAH-66 Commanche:

From Janes Defense News:
The US Army has abandoned the multi-billion dollar RAH-66 Comanche reconnaissance helicopter programme, saying that the system was too vulnerable to anti-aircraft threats and did not fit with future army plans. Funding earmarked for it will be better spent on buying existing helicopter models, upgrading old aircraft and starting an entirely new armed reconnaissance helicopter programme, senior army officials said at a Pentagon briefing Monday.

Dropping the Comanche will save $14.6 billion over Fiscal Years 2004-2011, said acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker and Lt Gen Richard Cody, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

That money would have bought 121 Comanches and will now be used for 796 new helicopters and upgrading 1,400 more. "This is an army initiative," Schoomaker said. "It's not just about terminating Comanche," but part of a larger restructure.
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http://www.janes.com/defence/land_forces/news/jdw/jdw040223_2_n.shtml



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Actually, the article was from February, but I just saw it. I don't read Jane's as often as I'd like though.
 

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Damn, can't they just keep a few of them around for air shows and exhibits?
Only a few exist. Two to be specific. This is the Army's position though, not the Pentagon's.

It was an amazing helicopter (it could loop front-to-back!!), and its cancellation hurts Boeing and Sikorsky a lot. Thousands are being reorganized and/or fired.
 

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This turned into a HUGE waste of money. The Comanche was designed during the Cold War as a tank buster. Massive tank battles are never going to happen again and the A 10's, Apaches, and the freshly updated Marine Cobras did a great job in two wars. We jsut don't need anything like this for the money.

It is cool though.
 

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This turned into a HUGE waste of money. The Comanche was designed during the Cold War as a tank buster. Massive tank battles are never going to happen again and the A 10's, Apaches, and the freshly updated Marine Cobras did a great job in two wars. We jsut don't need anything like this for the money.

It is cool though.
And we need to support Iraq right? Thats not a waist of money?

Wait the 2 billions they waisted on the Mars project....thats ok too.

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passaturbonium said:
Postman said:
This turned into a HUGE waste of money. The Comanche was designed during the Cold War as a tank buster. Massive tank battles are never going to happen again and the A 10's, Apaches, and the freshly updated Marine Cobras did a great job in two wars. We jsut don't need anything like this for the money.

It is cool though.
And we need to support Iraq right? Thats not a waist of money?

Wait the 2 billions they waisted on the Mars project....thats ok too.
Uh....what the hell are you talking about?
 
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