An isolated South Africa in 90s built an attack helicopter, yet we can't? We have modern designing tools, more access to off-the-shelf parts, yet we can't build something like a Rooivalk? It doesn't have to be bleeding edge, just needs to be a bit better in terms of sensors than a Rooivalk?IMO ... if we want to do something, we'll need to:
I personally like the idea of developing a 7-ton attack helicopter and 8-ton utility/transport helicopter using the same rotor, transmission and engine platform. However, if we start today, we're going to have to set our vision to at least 15 years out before we're ready for serial production.
- scope the end-product for 15-years from now
- work with a trusted partner to design the platform
- work with a trusted partner to develop the critical inputs
- incrementally work on it for 15 years from scratch
This is the best case scenario.
Otherwise, we'll look to import.