Wouldn't it be more wise to upgrade Ah-64 into more stealthy helicopters? But new upgrades doesn't seem to address such issue as stealth.
But that is the problem... Apaches are already stealthy in terms of radar stealth by flying low... if you could upgrade an airframe to be stealthy then the US and Russia would not waste all that money on the F-35, F-22, PAK FA... they would just upgrade the F-15 and F-16 and Su-35 to be stealthy... if they could they likely would.
The new model Apaches are not stealthy... and don't really need to be... the only radars painting Apaches in the last 30 years were AWACS radars...
Good ECM suite would do better than stealthy fuselage and rotors.
Exactly armoured components and DIRCM systems is all it really needs to do its job.
What about Cobra? It must have been simpler design.
Much simpler and much cheaper... but also less capable.
Would it be cheaper to operate Mi-28 than Ah-64 as like with AH-1Z they are have compatibility with already proven transport helicopters
That could be a factor, though the late model Cobras have improved performance by adding systems fitted to the Apache, so mechanically it might be simpler and easier to maintain, but electronically it might actually be worse than early models.
Even US can't make everything best and sometimes have to borrow European solutions.
It is all part of the Brain washing... ask most American kids and the Model 92 Baretta is an American pistol... an Abrams is an American tank despite having British armour, a German gun, a Belgian coaxial MG (FN MAG... M240), probably some of the electronics were made in South Korea or Japan... the AT4 they use is Swedish...
I personally wouldn't mind if NATO would start buying Russian weapons and I see no problem in Russians getting weapons from NATO(even if some of my countrymen can't understand it.
France already buys 155mm laser guided Krasnopol-M artillery shells from Russia and to be honest if I were in charge of a NATO country I would be seriously looking at the AK12 and VS-121 in NATO calibres because the Russians have always made good small arms and now that they have put more focus on long range accuracy I suspect their ammo manufacturers will also have to up their game too.
Certainly in terms of air defence vehicles you can't ignore the TOR and Pantsir in their latest iterations...
Well now we know most of Soviet prototypes thanks to leaked sources.
not to mention we also know the truth about things we thought were failures and clearly were not. For instance it was assumed that the T-64 was rubbish in the west because it was not exported.
It was thought that the Stechkin machine pistol was useless and unpopular.