There's also the fact that it's yet another type of helo with its own spare parts, separate pilot training, etc. Basically everything it used to do can be done with other tools, better, and frequently cheaper. You'll notice that the US isn't alone in basically ditching the recon-helo concept. So, in a way, it has been replaced, but instead of little a replaced with big A, the capabilities little a has are improved on and added to big C and big D, making a redundant.I'm very new to defense forums in general so I am here to learn what I can from whom I can. So I really appreciate the knowledge you're throwing down to me.
Can we all agree that the Kiowa was a valuable asset? If not, why?
Can we all agree that it should not have been retired until it could have been replaced? If not, why?