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The MH-60S can be a platform for the moving troops ashore, but it is limited in the number of fully equipped troops it can lift, compared to say the NH90 or the AW101, both of which have marinised variants. I would of thought that the French would have a marinised variant of the H225.It is possible that there are options granted for further H225M aircraft; and given the need to replace 2 Super Puma squadrons, any total number of between 28 to 32, seems about right — if the plan for 125 Squadron (“Swift In Support”) is to remain land bound. According to the Scramble database, the RSAF still has 17 AS332M1s and 13 AS532ULs operational.
I am actually hoping they don’t exercise an option for 14 (as H225M does not have a folding tail for storage on the JMMS). I am of the view, Singapore needs more than 8 Seahawks and 16 H225Ms, and the question, for me is what is the right mix of helicopters to be deployed in the future JMMS.
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