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Old 04-25-2019, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelEmouse View Post
Do you think it was worth it to include the B variant in order to gain the capability to operate from Marine LDAAS, given the design compromises and the value of LDAAS themselves? I get the impression it wasn't but you may well know something I don't since you often do on these matters.

I offered the last part as a possibility in which it might make sense in other circumstances. Maybe that muddied my message too much.
It was worth it to include the B variant because many of the partner countries who bought into the program wanted them. So it wasn't just for the Marine Corps. Japan is planning to buy several for their smaller helicopter carriers, and the UK is planning them for their new carriers. My guess is they won't be the only ones.

That's what happens when you let rednecks play with anti-matter!