Is this credible?
Originally reported in Air forces monthly magazine, they claimed an official from PA at IDEAS had confirmed it. That was over 1.5 years ago. Maybe it is credible, its just taking far longer than it should. It makes sense from a requirement perspective too. I guess we wait and see a bit longer.I thought so too. We have been hearing of this order for at least 1 year if not more. So perhaps the order has been finalized. I still dont understand what is happening on the attack helicopter front and what PAA is doing.
They are not the best for SOF insertion, not enough space for a full team, can be used in a pinch.It was always my understanding that these were for SOF missions. The ability to drop operators then give them CAS. In a full war they would still be of use as tank busters with the Kornets.
Their best use is Hot evacuations/MEDEVACs and CAS/Gun runs. Currently they’re being used to cover convoys in BL and FATA, though some part of me thinks that’s out of necessity due to not having anything better given the age of AH-1F (though it should still be perfectly fine for hunting terrorists, so maybe I’m wrong too). Kornets cannot be operated from a helicopter. PA likely bought other missiles for this purpose.