Retirement of UH-1/AH-1 platforms is neither economical nor cost-saving (AW&ST Mar. 30, p. 8). The shape may be very similar to the birds first seen in the Vietnam War. But, like the B-52 and A-10, updating of the airframe, electronics’ armament and other systems make these warhorses serious players on the modern battlefield, where their survivability is proven and not an estimate. Their digital cockpits are as modern as they come and impressive to this analog old dog.

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