Known as the OH-6 Cayuse light observation helicopter when I was in service and dating back to the Vietnam war, once again someone at the Pentagon thinks that just because it's old it has to be replaced. Given the mission role of the aircraft today, are they just trying to make a more round wheel?
The 'Ferrari' of US special-operations helicopters may soon be headed out of service
The Ranger Battalions (3rd Ranger had not been organized so it wasn't a regiment yet) mission when I was in service was different than today's mission as the cold war was still raging and it was an all out war against the Warsaw Pact in Europe that was mostly trained for. The switch to special ops was just beginning and we had done some training simulations on hostage rescue and the like but had not used the "little birds" as they became known as in our training.
Obviously that has changed in the decades since I was in service. Still, it seems that like the A-10, these would be machines that serve such a niche that there is no reason to build from scratch. Thoughts?
What's the point of an open door policy if inside the open door sits a closed mind?