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« on: June 11, 2008, 10:41:47 »
US intends to sell 260 Block 1 Apaches, South Korea considering buying 36, would Canada be interested in used Apaches?

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 10:50:26 »
No?
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 10:51:33 »
I'll take em.....
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 10:58:35 »
I can hear the cries of woe emanating from Taliban Jack and his "Defence" critic, Dawn "Black Ace" Black:

"What? Helicopters? In Canada? with guns?"
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"We don't need these Cadillac helicopters"
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 13:50:27 »
It'd be an interesting purchase for Canada.  We can see a direct application to our mission in Afghanistan but what happens afterwards?  The majority of our operations outside of Canada are of a peaceful nature.  Also - how effective are they with homeland defence?  At least with CF-18s we can guard the air anywhere.

I like the thought of it and it would be cool to have Canadian gunships, however, I don't think we need them for national security - international security, YES!!

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 13:53:15 »
It'd be an interesting purchase for Canada.  We can see a direct application to our mission in Afghanistan but what happens afterwards?  The majority of our operations outside of Canada are of a peaceful nature.  
Where on Earth have you been?  Anytime we send the MILITARY overseas, it's not because things are fine.  It's because there is or has been a war.  Sometimes we are belligerents, sometimes not, but in every case (mostly every case) we are armed.  This does NOT mean that AH-64s would be needed on every mission, but the same goes for every piece of kit we have: we only take what we need. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2008, 14:00:01 »
Let me qualify my statement.  Aside from Afghanistan (and exchange staff in Iraq) we are not in a frontal offensive position.  Most of our international work "right now" may be in war zones but we are running under the auspice of peace.  I doubt we'd need Apaches in natural disaster areas to protect our humanitarian efforts.  I'm all for the purchase but I am trying to be logical.

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2008, 14:03:03 »
Let me qualify my statement.  Aside from Afghanistan (and exchange staff in Iraq) we are not in a frontal offensive position.  Most of our international work "right now" may be in war zones but we are running under the auspice of peace.  I doubt we'd need Apaches in natural disaster areas to protect our humanitarian efforts.  I'm all for the purchase but I am trying to be logical.

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Well, first few weeks of the Kosovo mission we sure needed AH-64s, i'm glad the americans had them around.

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2008, 14:09:24 »
The majority of our operations outside of Canada are of a peaceful nature. 

Even if you are only referring to a mission where the DART is deployed, the ability to escort humanitarian aid and protect the aid and aid givers on the ground from the human vultures who would rob or otherwise interfere with the mission should not be discounted. (Read Blackhawk Down to see how a mission which started off as humanitarian relief went south rather quickly).

New capabilities provide new opportunities as well; consider one of the reasons we are purchasing UAV's is to provide airborn sensor platforms which can be used to direct fire and other effects. An AH-64 Apache has a powerful sensor suite, a human operator on board to interpret the images and a weapons package to exploit the imagery if needed. A useful analogy would be: its time for you to go to Home Depot to pick up enough flooring to redo your kitchen and living room. Do you want to drive down in your Honda Civic, or would you rather go with a pickup truck? If we take this option we now have a "pickup truck" in the parking lot for the special needs.
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Re: Apaches
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2008, 14:22:40 »
Where on Earth have you been?  Anytime we send the MILITARY overseas, it's not because things are fine.  It's because there is or has been a war.  Sometimes we are belligerents, sometimes not, but in every case (mostly every case) we are armed.  This does NOT mean that AH-64s would be needed on every mission, but the same goes for every piece of kit we have: we only take what we need. 

It would sure be nice to have a couple sitting in sea cans with "open in case of excremental impact to rotary oscillator" painted on the side in big friendly letters.
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Re: Apaches
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2008, 16:56:48 »
If the Conservatives had a majority, I could see them eying this sale, but with a minority they won't touch it, just from the optics it would give the Libs and the NDP a chance to paint them as heartless warmongers, complete with youtube video of people getting blasted on the thermals.

It certainly would change the direction of the Air force and we would likely have to ditch most of the Griffions to find the people to fly and fix them.

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2008, 10:52:37 »
 British Apaches have a folding blade mechanism for shipboard storage to support amphibian operations.
 IMO Apaches would be good for CAF, besides escort recce and fire support missions, a foldable rotor would enable Apaches to be embarked in new JSS or even aboard a frigate/destroyer for littoral operations.
 Could Apaches be adapted to naval helicopter hauldown equipment.

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2008, 11:01:55 »
Let's face it..... if we have Chinooks & intend to move personnel and material via those means.... we need something to ride shotgun!

If we have trucks that are following highways that run through "Injun country" we need something to ride shotgun!

Not to have em would be irresponsible and downright negligent ..... IMHO

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2008, 11:12:02 »
Let me qualify my statement.  Aside from Afghanistan (and exchange staff in Iraq) we are not in a frontal offensive position. 

J

I might be taking this a little far, but your statement is somewhat like referring to the 1940s and saying "Aside from the European Theatre of Operations we are not in a frontal offensive position."
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Re: Apaches
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2008, 11:14:14 »
Could Apaches be adapted to naval helicopter hauldown equipment.

It would be simpler and cheaper to add sensors and a suitable weapon package to an existing Naval helicopter.

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2008, 11:20:40 »
Even the US avoids using them in the Marine environemnt.

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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2008, 11:28:45 »
It should be a subtle hint that the USMC continues to use the Super Cobra in a marine environment..... Just possibly, they've figured something out
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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2008, 11:44:38 »
British Apaches have a folding blade mechanism for shipboard storage to support amphibian operations.
 IMO Apaches would be good for CAF, besides escort recce and fire support missions, a foldable rotor would enable Apaches to be embarked in new JSS or even aboard a frigate/destroyer for littoral operations. Could Apaches be adapted to naval helicopter hauldown equipment.

Where would we store the AH64s gun ammunition, hellfires and 2.75 inch rockets? Do you understand how much training we would have to give the flight crew to get them qualified to land on the deck? not to mention the ground crew. Hey aviator types....does the Ah64 and the Sea King use the same type of go juice?
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2008, 11:51:42 »
It should be a subtle hint that the USMC continues to use the Super Cobra in a marine environment..... Just possibly, they've figured something out

Yes. Extensively redesigning something for its mission.

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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2008, 12:01:47 »
It would be simpler and cheaper to add sensors and a suitable weapon package to an existing Naval helicopter.

I hope you're not suggesting we keep our Sea Kings flying longer in an airborne cowboy role... 
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« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2008, 12:24:07 »
Yes. Extensively redesigning something for its mission.

Ummm yeah... but once they had the Super Cobra, they never bothered with the Apache
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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2008, 12:30:35 »


Get one or two Doz - for use by CEFCOM and SOFCOM

Sure.......but whos going to fly them and fix them ?

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2008, 12:34:07 »
All those SQ and army PLQ qualified guys in the air force....   :rofl:
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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2008, 12:37:43 »
Ahhhh..... There's the rub !!
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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2008, 12:41:34 »
I hope you're not suggesting we keep our Sea Kings flying longer in an airborne cowboy role... 

A small number of FLIR systems were purchased for them for the Gulf War.

Should there be a similar need during the remainder of the Sea King's life - however long that may turn out to be...

But, no, I did not mention any specific machine, did I?

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« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2008, 12:42:20 »
Ahhhh..... There's the rub !!

That's the problem with all these "lets buy this, lets buy that" threads and posts.........it takes allot of people and resources to sustain the equipment and missions. We are desperately short on people as it is now, adding something new just increases the pressure on the existing structure.


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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2008, 12:47:07 »
Ummm yeah... but once they had the Super Cobra, they never bothered with the Apache

No, because they had already adopted a "navalised" (to a limited degree) J-model Sea Cobra which continued to evolve.

The Marine and Army missions are different, and they employ their helicopters differently as well - or at least did. I would expect that Iraq and Afghanistan have blurred the lines considerably.

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Re: Apaches
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2008, 16:22:42 »
Let's face it..... if we have Chinooks & intend to move personnel and material via those means.... we need something to ride shotgun!
If we have trucks that are following highways that run through "Injun country" we need something to ride shotgun!

I believe that is already being looked at, from a conversation I had with a couple of fellas from the TacHel world a few months ago while they were in town on RUET.
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« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2008, 21:46:48 »
Sure.......but whos going to fly them and fix them ?

From the Griffon fleet.
 - Chinooks will allow us to reduce airframe (and crew, and tech) numbers, without losing lift capacity
 - Apaches would take the surveillance workload
 - Apaches will replace Griffons that will need to be dedicated to the Chinook escort role
 -One Apache in theatre is worth HOW MANY Griffons that are at home because it is too hot/too high/too wet/too high a threat level to deploy them?

From the Herc fleet.
 - we are replacing many airframes (-E/-H) with few airframes (-J/C-17)
 - those fewer airframes have smaller crews
 - those fewer airframes require a fraction of the maintenance
 
From the Sea King fleet
 - being replaced (some day) by a machine with (hopefully) fewer maintenance requirements

From the recruitment benefits we get from having bad-*** helicopters like Apaches
 - everyone in the world knows Apaches are bad-***
 - everyone in the world thinks it would be cool to fly or probably even just fix Apaches

From Army trades.
 - if the Army wants them, then they're going to have to make sacrifices
 - fewer Leo IIs?
 - Eryx/Javelin/ADATS/others retired without replacement?
 - No new M777s/Excalibur?

If the CF decides that this is a priority, then it can be done, and done handily. Its not as if the Canadian Forces as an organization is incapable of mustering the resources to buy and fly a limited number of Apaches, especially given the ridiculous economies of scale we can take advantage of from our neighbors. The only question is, what  are you willing to give up to see Apaches overhead?

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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2008, 21:52:55 »
FoverF,

I was born at night......not last night. I know full well that it can be done, i've figured that much well before this thread started. My point is this : What are we willing to give up ?

Increased recruiting alone will not make up the shortfalls. Something will have to be given up to bring something like an AH-64 into the fleet.

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« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2008, 22:59:36 »
FoverF,

I was born at night......not last night. I know full well that it can be done, i've figured that much well before this thread started. My point is this : What are we willing to give up ?

Increased recruiting alone will not make up the shortfalls. Something will have to be given up to bring something like an AH-64 into the fleet.

Downsize NDHQ by 10%....that'd be an easy 2,000 salaries right there.  I still can't believe there are 20,000+ people "administrating" what is a VERY small armed force.


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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2008, 23:22:11 »
To paraphrase Churchill: Every (modern first world) country has attack helicopters, it's own or someone else's.

If we continually go cap in hand to the US and others to beg for basic assets to transport and protect our own troops, what does that mean for our long term claims to self-reliance and, by extension, sovereignty?

AH are basic tools of the trade these days. We've proved that we know this by trying to Jury Rig our Griffins to be gunships.

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« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2008, 23:37:33 »
...  I still can't believe there are 20,000+ people "administrating" what is a VERY small armed force....

- Where did you get this figure of 20,000?
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« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2008, 23:39:10 »
Downsize NDHQ by 10%....that'd be an easy 2,000 salaries right there.

And how many of them are pilots (let alone rotary-wing) or techs?

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« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2008, 23:42:50 »
From the Griffon fleet.
 - Chinooks will allow us to reduce airframe (and crew, and tech) numbers, without losing lift capacity

Much as I am not a fan of the Griffon, we are already below the number of that type (ie utility, not Griffon specifically) that we should have.

It's more than straight lift capacity.

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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2008, 23:47:42 »
From the Griffon fleet.
 - Chinooks will allow us to reduce airframe (and crew, and tech) numbers, without losing lift capacity

We are already criticaly short of crews an technicians. Reducing one fleet while introducing another will not increase the number of personel available. It just maintains the status quo

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- Apaches would take the surveillance workload

Take the surveillance workload away from what ? Right now surveillance is done by UAVs and LRPAs how would the Apache take over from that ? The key to surveillance is persistance. The AH-64's endurance (or lack of) does not make it a surveillance platform.

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-One Apache in theatre is worth HOW MANY Griffons that are at home because it is too hot/too high/too wet/too high a threat level to deploy them?

Again, showing your ignorance. CH-146s are in fact going over, thats why we are buying miniguns for them. Loachman can talk about the aircraft's performance figures for over there.

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From the Herc fleet.
 - we are replacing many airframes (-E/-H) with few airframes (-J/C-17)

How does that make more personel available ?

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- those fewer airframes have smaller crews

Those new airframes dont have Navigators and FE. Those people will go to other airframes that are short Navs and FE.........Both trades are short.

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- those fewer airframes require a fraction of the maintenance

But that does not equate to a requirement for less technicians. Oh and did i mention that we are criticaly short of technicians ?
 
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From the Sea King fleet
 - being replaced (some day) by a machine with (hopefully) fewer maintenance requirements

See above
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« Reply #36 on: June 13, 2008, 08:35:38 »
- Where did you get this figure of 20,000?

My recollection is I got the number from I report I read by Dr Geoffrey Shaw of the American Military College on the Unification of the Canadian Military .


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« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2008, 15:54:34 »
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How does that make more personel available ?

I never recommended buying Apaches as the solution to the CF-wide personnel shortage. In fact, I never recommended buying them at all.

I was just saying that if the CF decides that flying Apaches is an operational priority (and some people seem to think it should be), then there are more than enough bodies in the CF to make it happen. Other things would have to give, but that's what prioritizing is about.

We are already criticaly short of crews an technicians. Reducing one fleet while introducing another will not increase the number of personel available. It just maintains the status quo

If we could maintain the status quo in terms of personnel shortages, and get Apaches, I'd take that deal. But while I was simply giving examples of where we may be able to free up some personnel in the next 5 years or less, there are lots of other options too. Lets not forget about all the people sitting in the backlogged training system (crews and techs), who are essentially doing busy work. If we bought Apaches, a good chunk of those people could simply hop onto the US army's training system along with the initial cadre. Or we could send them to civvy trade schools to learn to fix things while waiting for the obligatory extensive upgrades to be completed. Or sink more money into paying for techs. Headhunt from civilian companies. Maybe even headhunt from foreign militaries. I have yet to see a problem that can't be solved by the prudent application of some currency.

There's also the option of.. wait for it... wait for it... enlisted flight crew. One (or god forbid, even both) of the crew could be army NCOs, and trained in the US. That would go a long way towards addressing the aircrew problem, and with a minimal burden on our training infrastructure.

The bottom line is that if the CF decided it really needed to get some Apaches, solutions would be found.

So the impetus is on those who want Apaches to make the case that they are needed, and needed more than something else that's on the table right now. I think it could be very hard to make that a convincing case.




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« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2008, 23:03:36 »
How many armed Griffon's in CAF service, how many Griffon's being sent to Afghanistan if any?
Canadian Apaches pilots any CAF exchange pilots ever fly Apaches with any of are NATO partners?

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« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2008, 23:14:57 »
Griffon numbers in A Stan may be OPSEC
I don't think we have any exchanges with Apache crews but that's out of my lane so I won't commit to that.
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« Reply #40 on: June 15, 2008, 00:31:21 »
There's also the option of.. wait for it... wait for it... enlisted flight crew. One (or god forbid, even both) of the crew could be army NCOs, and trained in the US. That would go a long way towards addressing the aircrew problem, and with a minimal burden on our training infrastructure.

Having an officer or an NCM pilot/nav won't add any new members to the system; you're just robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak.  Even in the US Army, where Warrant Officers are Apache (and other) pilots, it's not *exactly* the same as our definition of Warrant Officer. 

Just my $0.02
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« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2008, 02:00:18 »
All of these crew/tech shortages really make me wish there were more of me... there are so many CF jobs I'd love to sign up for.

From a civvy point of view, considering what has been read, getting some apaches and doing some headhunting for pilots might not be a bad thing at all - it might actually help bring in more people to the forces. I can remember when I was a kid, the coolest things in the army to me were the attack helicopters, the aircraft carriers, the jet fighters, and the tanks, and I wanted to be a driver/pilot for one of those. Even when you grow up and get some common sense/reality knocked into you, it's still nice to know that all of those things you thought were totally cool as a kid are there in your military and you could potentially be a pilot for one. It's not a matter of coolness or having something for every situation of course (we'd last REALLY long if we were worried about how cool our military was :P) - you guys have already made it clear it's a matter of necessity and proper support.
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Re: Apaches
« Reply #42 on: June 15, 2008, 02:41:05 »
Griffon numbers in A Stan may be OPSEC
I don't think we have any exchanges with Apache crews but that's out of my lane so I won't commit to that.

I don't remember us actually sending any over?

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« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2008, 12:18:51 »
Griffon numbers in A Stan may be OPSEC

I can neither confirm nor deny that we have any Griffons in Afghanistan, but if we had, there's no way that it could be kept secret.

I don't think we have any exchanges with Apache crews but that's out of my lane so I won't commit to that.

Yes, we have. and for amusement, the first guy that we sent many years ago was allowed to fly the real machine but could not fly the simulator, as that had a "US Eyes Only" security rating at the time.

I have posted before about the wisdom of employing NCO pilots in Tac Hel (I'm all for it), and methods of simplifying the training system: eliminate the degree requirement and return to the sanity of OCTP for officers, and remove Moose Jaw for helicopter pilots (or at least Tac Hel) and put them through the same training programme that we use for Jamaican pilots. Put them through at least Infantry Officer Phase II or whatever it's called now prior to any pilot training, too.

And ultimately remove Tac Hel from the life-sucking grasp of the a** f**ce and put it back into the Army where it originated and rightfully belongs.

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« Reply #44 on: June 15, 2008, 15:38:35 »
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And ultimately remove Tac Hel from the life-sucking grasp of the a** f**ce and put it back into the Army where it originated and rightfully belongs.

But that's crazy talk.  The very next thing you will be suggesting is giving MH back to the Navy!  Heresy!   ;)

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« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2008, 17:31:56 »
I don't remember us actually sending any over?

Look out, look out... some griffons are going over.  How many is anyone's guess but - there will be Cdn Chinooks with Griffon escorts (?)  I thought the Chinook was a lot faster ???
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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2008, 18:17:43 »
it is a lot faster but than again it is also a lot faster than a apache....
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« Reply #47 on: January 24, 2011, 23:07:31 »
i think that our 15 new very expensive CH-47F's Had better be very well escorted because inside thoes helicopters are our kids. I say that if we didn't get rid of the GST, just froze it and chaneled it into northern development and military spending we could afford what we needed.  Attack helicopters are essential, I'd rather not have to keep saying to other countries 'CAN WE BORROW, DO YOU HAVE, WE CAN'T AFFORD' the basics.  When it comes down to it if country A needs the capability that is theres and we need the same and dont have it we wait, Is that worth a life to save face in Ottawa?

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« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2011, 23:10:43 »
That's what the Griffons are for.  Dedicated support.
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« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2011, 23:47:47 »
i think that our 15 new very expensive CH-47F's Had better be very well escorted because inside thoes helicopters are our kids. I say that if we didn't get rid of the GST, just froze it and chaneled it into northern development and military spending we could afford what we needed.  Attack helicopters are essential, I'd rather not have to keep saying to other countries 'CAN WE BORROW, DO YOU HAVE, WE CAN'T AFFORD' the basics.  When it comes down to it if country A needs the capability that is theres and we need the same and dont have it we wait, Is that worth a life to save face in Ottawa?

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« Reply #50 on: January 25, 2011, 07:00:10 »
i think that our 15 new very expensive CH-47F's Had better be very well escorted because inside thoes helicopters are our kids. I say that if we didn't get rid of the GST, just froze it and chaneled it into northern development and military spending we could afford what we needed.  Attack helicopters are essential, I'd rather not have to keep saying to other countries 'CAN WE BORROW, DO YOU HAVE, WE CAN'T AFFORD' the basics.  When it comes down to it if country A needs the capability that is theres and we need the same and dont have it we wait, Is that worth a life to save face in Ottawa?

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« Reply #51 on: March 17, 2011, 23:08:33 »
I am all for the procurement of more helicopters for the CF, especially ones of the offensive nature.  Understandably, their isn't a lot of political will power to procure something like an apache but heck if the air force can drop billions of dollars on the JSF... (An aircraft which I would argue we don't need at all/ not that we don't need new aircraft, but I believe money we be far better spent on something like the Eurofighter or something similar) why not by a sqn of apaches or tigers for escort and fire support.

I mean are we not trying to develop an air assault capability within the CF, especially with the procurement of the Chinooks and the re-invigoration of the light infantry.  The CF needs to get away from looking at choppers as simply just a transport platform and look at actually developing some basic tactics and structure to how they conduct helicopter ops i.e. aerial cbt team manoeuvres.
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« Reply #52 on: March 20, 2011, 23:25:31 »
The government putting out a RFP and tenders for any sort of attack helicopter will certainly cause Stephen Staples and his fellow travelers to go into collective shock, so maybe there is something to that suggestion after all  >:D

There are some fairly low budget attack helos out there such as the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta, MH-6 "Little Bird" or (real outlier) the Chinese WZ-10, but the real cost is always the trained manpower to operate the machines. Streamlining the headquarters will open up PYs for other things, but I doubt the number of PY's would match what we need now to fill in the gaps in existing organizations, much less entirely new organizations.

Still, as missions and needs evolve, so too will where and how we place resources. It may well be that attack helicopters might be supplemented by UAV or UCAV's, or their roles taken by other technologies (ground attack by aircraft coming in the weeds has been largely replaced by high altitude bombing using smart weapons, for example)
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« Reply #53 on: March 20, 2011, 23:38:33 »
(ground attack by aircraft coming in the weeds has been largely replaced by high altitude bombing using smart weapons, for example)

Only because the operating environments lately have been permisive as far as the air situation is concerned.

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« Reply #54 on: March 21, 2011, 00:08:06 »
The government putting out a RFP and tenders for any sort of attack helicopter will certainly cause Stephen Staples and his fellow travelers to go into collective shock, so maybe there is something to that suggestion after all  >:D
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« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2011, 17:17:58 »
Well considering our recent usage, one could likely get Mi-8AMTSh's to act in this role, and we could sell them to the public as dual use SAR helo's inbetween killings... :stirpot:

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« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2011, 22:10:24 »

T, pun intended?   If so,  ;D

I absolutely despise puns in all their forms. But this just about made my day.

Oh, and I'd rather see us get AORs, Javelins, HIMARS, a few extra C-17 and CC-150 airframes, a DDH replacement, F-35s, satellites, combat-capable submarines, more U(C)AVs, a fleet of P-8s (with maybe some airframes in a Wedgetail-type configuration), an LDP, maybe some Juan-Carlos I class ships, and while I'm dreaming I'd wish for some means of rudimentary ground-based air defence. Once we had all of that in place, then maybe some AH's. Like Tiger ARHs.

But let's be realistic. There's no way Canada could afford gear like this. It's impossible... *cough* AUSTRALIA *cough* excuse me.  Things like stealth fighters, AWACS, aircraft carriers, attack helos, and SAMs are outside the reach of middle powers like us.

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(Just to be fair, Australia doesn't have HIMARS. I could live with that.)
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