I think the more we say it the more chance it will actually sink in to the people that shout about the £8-10 million Blackhawk helicopter.
It is more that the basic airframe price, a helicopter is not much use without engines, DAS, spares, simulators, manuals and a whole host of ‘stuff’ that is needed to bring it into service.
As a follow up to our earlier posts on the subject, the Swedes are thinking about buying a number of Blackhawk’s
The Government of Sweden has requested a possible sale of 15 UH-60M BLACKHAWK Helicopters, 34 T700-GE-701D General Electric Engines (30 installed and 4 spares), 15 AN/AAR-57(V)3 Common Missile Warning Systems, AN/APR-39 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning Sets, Aviation Mission Planning Station, transportable operations simulator, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $546M.
5 seconds on the calculator…