Hari Nair wrote:chola wrote:
It would be wonderful to hear your opinion and your experience on the border with the PLA. Amazing how things had changed. Were not for the Tianenmen Square Massacre we might be seeing a chini military full of amreeki hardware today.
Also, it’s been asked multiple times in this thread why the Americans and Chinese like the Blackhawk so much when it seems the Mi-17 with its ramp is more useful and efficient in most situations.
Can you give us your opinion on this? The rear-ramp layout versus the side door one? This is an intriguing question especially since the PLA flies hundreds of Mi-17s too but insists on cloning a Blackhawk.
We’d love to have the professional view on the matter!
Interesting point raised there - why the preference for cloning the Blackhawk...Well, I can think of the following:
On the plus side-
The UH-60 / S-70 family have exceptional crashworthiness - proven better than the US Military Standard MIL-1290. Its due to a combination of the tail-wheel layout, crashworthy fuselage, undercarriage and seats. I wonder how much of those techs the Chinks cloned?
The UH-60 / S-70 are battle-damage tolerant using outsized hardened components in critical systems and controls. The Mi-17 is'nt far behind there.
The systems design and redundancies are way better than the Mi-17. It manoeuvrability is also far better, making it better for troop induction in the battlefield.
Its faster than the Mi-17. Along with better manoeuvrability and compact size, its better suited for special ops roles.
It has comparable underslung capability with the Mi-17.
On the Minus side:
It has a smaller cabin, carries far fewer troops than the Mi-17.
It lacks the clamshell door (rear door) layout that gives greater mission flexibility.
Its high-altitude capabilities are lesser than the Mi-17.
Sirjee, perhaps you can provide a comparison with IMRH in the Indian Military Helicopters thread, if it is not too early.