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In defense of foreign originated U.S. Military Helicopters…..The U.S. Army’s UH-72 Lakota buy…..

If you’ve been here for a while you know I’m on the case about the governments refusal to put the Augusta/Westlands and Lockheed/Martin VH-71A Marine One Helicopterinto service……The chopper, meant as new generation transportation of the nations Commander-in- Chief , is limping along with 9 aircraft completed  and paid for …but unwanted by the President and Secretary of Defense….who wants to spend money to re-bid a new helicopter and start from scratch…..mind you the current chopper are almost as old as the presdient…and most the choppers drivers are younger than the birds they are flying……

Well, the Army’s newest Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is the Eurocpter EC145…this chopper initially build in Europen , was develivered by the manufacturer on time and on budget…..as a ‘off the shelf’ product (unlike the Marine One VH-71A which experienced mission creep and grew in cost and equipment)…….

The Army will receive 345 aircraft through 2017, they may end up ordering more…….

This program is  a model of how to bid and contract for simple aircraft that get the job done….(the Lakota is to be used for non-combat missions by the Army and the Army National Guard units…a few will go to the Navy for pilot training)…..

Why can’t they do it right with the VH-71A?…..forget the bells and whistles….

Save the tax payers money and go with the best choppers you already have and paid for….the Lakota is a firm example of a foreign chopper that is now built completely in the United States with American’s getting paid to build them…..

Maybe they should give the presdient’s helicopter transportation back to the Army……..

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December 15, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In defense of foreign originated U.S. Military Helicopters…..The U.S. Army's UH-72 Lakota buy…..

If you’ve been here for a while you know I’m on the case about the governments refusal to put the Augusta/Westlands and Lockheed/Martin VH-71A Marine One Helicopterinto service……The chopper, meant as new generation transportation of the nations Commander-in- Chief , is limping along with 9 aircraft completed  and paid for …but unwanted by the President and Secretary of Defense….who wants to spend money to re-bid a new helicopter and start from scratch…..mind you the current chopper are almost as old as the presdient…and most the choppers drivers are younger than the birds they are flying……

Well, the Army’s newest Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is the Eurocpter EC145…this chopper initially build in Europen , was develivered by the manufacturer on time and on budget…..as a ‘off the shelf’ product (unlike the Marine One VH-71A which experienced mission creep and grew in cost and equipment)…….

The Army will receive 345 aircraft through 2017, they may end up ordering more…….

This program is  a model of how to bid and contract for simple aircraft that get the job done….(the Lakota is to be used for non-combat missions by the Army and the Army National Guard units…a few will go to the Navy for pilot training)…..

Why can’t they do it right with the VH-71A?…..forget the bells and whistles….

Save the tax payers money and go with the best choppers you already have and paid for….the Lakota is a firm example of a foreign chopper that is now built completely in the United States with American’s getting paid to build them…..

Maybe they should give the presdient’s helicopter transportation back to the Army……..

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The House authorizes $100 million on the Lockheed/Augusta VH-71A Marine One Helo!…..

In the just passed House appropriations bill for the Defense Department…. they left $125 million in for the Marine One program…..

But dig this!????

$100 million is for the Lockheed Martin/AugutaWestland company to restart work on finishing up bringing the nine VH-71A is the government (Navy/Marines) owns to specifications required…and $25 million to shut the program down????

He, he, he…if Gates is so insistent on rebidding the Presidents helicopter then go ahead…with the money the House added…Lockheed can re-bid the VH-71A in the competition and win since their chopper won’t cost the government a cent (and will be cheaper than any thing it’s only competitor Sikorsky would offer)…..and they can be delivered yesterday……

……all they would need to do is to built nine more and the contract would be done…..Isn’t that better than waiting for another ten years and 10 billion for Sikorsky to make something ?

Note:….This is a small win for New York State  (Owego) jobs and its upstate House member Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)….

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wall Street Journal presents a leaked outline of the war request by Gen McChrystal…….

The Wall Street Journal has printed a pretty detailed piece today describing the basic points of General McChrystal request and recommendations to the Commander in Chief…….

Among the most interesting information is the fact that there is a request for three different levels of troops…….

A) 40,000

B) 60,000

C) None

McChrystal is reported to want to go with choice A, 40,000 troops……but there is a BIG BUT here….according to a review of the General’s plans ……the Army, and Marines would have significant problems in getting that many troops in-country, as soon as the General has reported they are needed for a ‘surge’……..In, addition, McChrytal’s aim would be to deny  al Qaeda, and the Taliban access to Afghanistan…..the White House may be content with just keeping al Qaeda out of the country, and finding a middle ground with the Taliban……

While McCrystal is a warrior, concerned with his troops, and objective…the CIC has to deal with the political component of the campaign…And since he has publicly said he won’t leave, and he won’t cut the number of troops …he really doesn’t have many options left………McCrystal is emphatic that the current troop level will not hold ground…Units are being overrun in the boonies, and are being cut back …….

Also…while Obama is holding his sessions …Hillary  Clinton, the Secretary of State, is holding hers…Seeking to identify the role for the State Department and civilians…Unlike during the Condi Rice period, in which State Department actions in Iraq consisted of sending staff home, leaving Sec of Defense Gates to fill those spots in with badly needed military assets……..

In the end the Army and the Marines would be able to move between 11,000 to 15,000 troops in country by the end of the year and another 20,000 by next July….…Finally, the movement of troops into the country is accompanied by a serious deficiency in helicopters, and contrary to this piece, a problem with Iraq ‘dialed in’ vehicles that are useless in Afghanistan’s terrible roads…….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somalia……….2009….the war on al-Qaeda……..

US  Special Forces troops transported in helicopter ‘s have hunted down a wanted al-Qaeda operative Saleh Ali Nabhan in southern Somalia……..the United States military has been watching the area in hopes of getting  a chance to take out known, and wanted terrorist operatives…….this is a example of how the United States war on terror is indeed global……….

Nabhan is believed to have been involved in a resort bombing in Mombassa,  Kenya and attack son the United States embassies in Kenya nd Tanzania…….

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, September 11 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment