ramair wrote:What about a variant of the UH-72 Lakota? Smaller than the 60 and has a production line in the US. Even a European design!
texl1649 wrote:I do think the 525 is a bit large. The 429 (as shown in the great Netflix series “the horn”) seems like it could be a good fit, as the 412 is getting pretty darn old, and I don’t understand how that would be an equivalent size replacement to the Dolphins.
The H160 is of course an option, and the USCG is the one US branch with seemingly an affinity for “foreign” designs, but I would favor a variant of the Lakota (such as the uprated 72X model discussed a few years back, but SAR-ized of course). They usually buy essentially off the shelf models, and the H160 has been in development for many years but when is it going to be in production and certified? Still, if this needs to fit on small cutter decks and be off the shelf, why throw out something as incongruous as the SB-1?
sasd209 wrote:How about a S-76? A quick search shows other coastguards use them..
Tugger wrote:sasd209 wrote:How about a S-76? A quick search shows other coastguards use them..
My thinking is that it is basically to big without any added benefits. Range is about the same, speed also, so no benefit there. And it is bigger and heavier so is more difficult to host and fit aboard the current CG vessels.
ThePointblank wrote:Is space really a concern onboard USCG ships?
Tugger wrote:ThePointblank wrote:Is space really a concern onboard USCG ships?
On the cutters? Oh yes, always.
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ThePointblank wrote:For one, the Hamilton's are going out of service, so they don't matter much anymore.
Second, the hangars can be modified; remember that Huntington Ingalls has proposed a variant of the Legend class cutter for the USN's FFG(X) program, and that variant does have the ability to operate a SH-60 and a pair of UAV's. The hangars can be modified to accommodate a new helicopter if needed.
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