only $4 less than tirerack.com for the same set of 4 tires for my car… pretty much the same prices.
At least it's not this:
Seriously, you could not pay me enough money to live there… Guaranteed lung cancer in 10 years.
It's not just the earthquake, check out this photo gallery from Zamboanga City (at the far southern end of .PH):
I assume you have somewhat read up on this. But ….just to be sure.
When comparing the MH-60 Blackhawks or Seahawks to the CH148 Cyclone is how it was built. The MH-60 Blackhawks and their various models are built from the start to military specifications. Everything put into the airframe is designed to handle military grade radar and such. These are not militarized civilian model airframes like say the. Griffon.
The CH148 is really the S-92, which is a civvy helicopter that the RCAF is attempting modify to meet military requirements. And as we a seeing it has not been designed nor assembled from the start with military grade components. So, now we are seeing how much it will cost us to make something like this work when it was not built to work.
Sounds like the White Star LSVW fiasco again.
Exactly my point, what genius decided to buy a highly modified civilian helicopter rather than something that was designed from the ground up to be a military helicopter?
I am pretty sure that the US has solved the problem of EMP-hardening and radar protection of the avionics on the SH-60, considering how many radar frigates they fly from… The US has a huge number of guided missile destroyers and frigates with very, very powerful radar systems. Each ship has one or two onboard helicopters.
What technical snags are the exactly referring to? I am guessing half is trying to take a civvy helicopter design and making it fit the military role. Though wasn't there problems when they bought the Griffons as well?
Halifax? Pack your bike and hit Subnet.
Thing is, there is already a perfectly good naval helicopter design which is in use with the US navy, a lot of them… The SH-60 Seahawk, which is the naval version of the Blackhawk. Yes the airframe is a 30 year old design but it's totally updated with modern avionics, etc. It meets the needs for all of the US navy's helicopters, why do we have to reinvent the wheel?
At least the Canadian military was wise enough to buy C130-J and modern C-17, same as the US and other NATO forces use.
The program to replace the Sea Kings is so old it was started by the MULRONEY government, put on pause by Chretien's Liberals, and recently reactivated… What a purchasing fiasco.
The Sea Kings are what, 50, 55 years old now?
Can somebody tell me when was the last time a BC shipyard built any sort of significant ocean going ship of any sort? The fast ferries? Has a single shipyard in BC built a steel vessel over 30 meters length in the past DECADE?
Essentially the government is paying $3.3bn so that Seaspan can stumble its way through learning how to build ships again, with the resulting cost overruns, delays, and quality problems that will inevitably ensue.
It's like asking Bombardier to build a C-130 replacement. Except Bombardier actually builds airplanes right now.