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- Oct 19, 2006
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You point is well taken. However I think like any engineering problem, one looks for the best compromise that lets you achieve the desired end state. Certainly the OEM realize that a product that is too expensive is not likely to attract purchase orders. If I recall correctly at least one of the vendors has said they expect to have a price tag like the AH-64E. Don't know if that is one that remains or not.I do not think NATO is interested in JMR/FVL for tactical combat in Europe, but for all of the "away" missions it finds itself involved in with our wonderful multi-polar world. Range and speed to get to a point have become a necessity
The problem is requiring both range AND speed AND affordability. Pick two... unlikely that all three can be achieved.