Just came across this article on WSJ - http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-army ... 1412019355
155 'twin-engined' helicopters for $ 800 million - combining support, reconnaissance and non combat missions >> Commonality (rationalization) to simplify service and increase availability at play.
Wonder when IAF will learn more of few types is better than few of many types. Our fighter inventory looks like a museum tour > Jaguar, Mig-21, Mig-27, Mig-29, MKI, M2000 and wish list additions - Gold plated Rafale, PAKFA, Tejas (hopefully), FGFA (fooling us).
Even after dropping Mig-27 we will be flying following for next 10~20 years going by airframe life > Mig-21, Jaguar (engine upgrade by 2012), Mig-29, M2000, MKI, RAFALE, Tejas, PAKFA
8 different airframes means serious $$$ for spares and upkeep - when will we ever stop this foreign donation engine. Making us look mighty smart!