Military aircraft types do not suffer much greater indignities than this.  The Airbus Tiger, ordered by Australia in 2001, finally achieved full operational capability in April, seven years late and still not, in fact, fully operational. But the government had already decided to retire the unreliable attack helicopter early, in the mid-2020s. And now the Defense Department is looking at getting rid of it even sooner. And the good news? Protracted development and poor serviceability ...


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