IT Mercy Rule Called: Seasprite Contact Cancelled


The Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon decided it was time to invoke the IT mercy rule and announced that he was terminating the ill-fated Super Seasprite avionics upgrade program after 11 years of futility.

The total amount the canceled program will cost Australian taxpayers is estimated to be about AU$1.3 billion, not counting the costs of procuring a new helicopter or the costs/risks associated with Australia's eight ANZAC class frigates not having helicopters providing anti-surface and surveillance capabilities for probably another 5 years.

Nine of the Seasprites have been delivered to the Australian Navy's 805 Squadron based at Nowra, New South Wales, but have been grounded for safety reasons.

Maybe they can be made into nice flower planters in front of the main gate.


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