So it looks like the the RAH-66 Comanche is being drag into service no matter how much some members of the Army and critics complain of the program and its cost, the Eastern block merely existing is enough to keep the program alive, not sure how much the US Army is going to be willing to bite on the program. Anytime I'm reminded of projects for US attack helicopters nowadays I always remember the sad tail of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne.as well as new projects including a stealth attack helicopter.
Relying on the Saudi Arabians to invade Iraq?Instead, they should arm, train and prepare the Saudi Arabians and their allies to force Iraq out of Kuwait, and perhaps Saddam out of Iraq all together.
Sure their Allies are much more military functional in the field but the Saudi's have an infamous history with their military, the intervention in Yemen has shown a spotlight on the problems that the Saudi's are suffering from within their military, the loyalty system the military leadership has along with many soldiers of the military living off of luxurious backgrounds do not help at all, especially when they are force into a situation that is too alien for them, such as the hot climate of the desert with limited to no air conditioning and no lovely showers or plentiful amounts of water to drink when your trapped in a metal machine in the middle of a hot desert that happens to have a lot of enemies with a lot of anti tank weapons of all shapes and sizes.
God help you if your air conditioning breaks down or gets damaged, many factors like those can lead to a series of mistakes made by the crews and soldiers that especially when they are stuck with a lot of equipment written in ENGLISH any mistakes made by accidently pressing wrong buttons in an vehicle or weapon system could result into a disastrous breakdown or worse combat inefficiencies during battle.
Whenever in an stressed situation such as a combat one, the threat of inement death will naturally lead to quick decisions being made that are bad or good.
Humans usually make less than clever decisions when put in a fight or flight situation.
But after reading how much equipment and training the Saudi's were forced with to deal with, it's unsurprising that they have achieved the surprise strike along with Coalition help, but still you might be a bit too lenient on the Saudi's performance in the air, a lot of that equipment has pilots only being trained for less than 6 months since all that military equipment and training couldn't have just started on the exact day the first pieces landed on Saudi soil, their is likely a high percentage of pilots who got the job because they just like flying instead of actually fighting and instead do not engage the Iraqi air forces properly, then their are some who watch the WW2 movies and want to dogfight enemys and use their aircraft against the better judgment of their trainers. Who btw have no choice but to continue training them since they have no time to cancel training for one wannabe pilot and finding an replacement with even less time and training under their belt.
Some squadrons might be just too cautious and fire their AIM-7 and AIM-120 from the furthest distance possible often missing and immediately going into combat manoeuvres (losing the semi-guidance for the AIM-7) whenever an Mig-25 or Mig-29 paints them in radar and launches an missile after them that would often cause an overreaction from the Saudi's, causing a logistical strain for coalition forces to resupply and rearm and leaving an opportunity for the Soviets to come across a fully intact dud AM-120 in the sand that failed to detonate and was cushioned by someone's house, a wonderful present from Uncle Sam I must say.
Of course their will always be the competent pilots in the group who use the capabilities of the F-15C and the F-16 to the fullest and become Ace pilots in the process.
Btw their is a TL that exist of the weaknesses that the Saudi military had being exploited to the fullest here it is (no it's not a Iraqi wank),
I still stubbornly believe that you were too lenient on the Saudi's performance no comment on the Egyptians but they had a better military structure and overall were +1 compared to other Arab arimes,Battle of Al Jahra
6 months of intense training is still 6 months, (not everyone did receive the six months of training, its an average of 2-4 months of training that the Saudi military and allies received) and they were going up against an hardened army that was stuck on a brutal decade long war against Iran, the Coalition advisors and commanders would've certainly reduce the problems they would've suffered without them but I'm still not convinced, the later stages of the war with the direct US involvement assured a coalition victory, even with a much more worse performing Arab army the end results of the war being the roughly the same with US intervention, with the Americans suffering more casualties against a better equipped and prepared Iraq.
Also the AH-64D is not invulnerable, they risked getting shot down by a lgla type manpads that were believed to have shot down 2 coalition jets during the OTL gulf war.
Well risking the NH against top of the line Soviet Air defense's was bound to lead to a disaster, fun fact the Buk missile battery can still fire without their radar module operational which makes them a pain to deal with, compared to older systems that were rendered useless when their radar and EW systems were destroyed.Trees and Nighthawks
Meanwhile letting the Saud's and Egyptians to do the nasty work of clearing out Kuwait is a big ugly oof for everyone, the poor Kuwaitis are forced watch their city and love ones turned into rumble and flesh all for the sake of becoming a principality within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an improvement compared to annexation, but at what cost?
The Kuwaitis oil fields meanwhile where even more destroyed then they were in OTL with the "better" state of Saddam's military is in.
Meanwhile The house of Saud regrets the lost of life but is thankful for not getting destabilized like Egypt is, although as the family's continued to mourn their dead sons, opposition to US troops being stationed in Saudi Arabia will slowly grow with people such as a certain man known as Osama Bin Laden not beinga happy camper...
Egypt meanwhile is getting into a significantly worse situation than OTL after betraying Iraq when during 1980 to 1988, the they supported Iraq militarily and economically with one million Egyptians working in Iraq to take the place of Iraqi men serving on the front-line.
And Egypt's betrayal was an attempt to gain an leverage onto the centre of Middle eastern affairs but in OTL they were kicked out, here's a Newspaper article from 1991 reporting about it https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1991-07-07-9103170485-story.html.
Very outdated information nowadays and I'm most likely missing the full picture here.
They in the end still got US$20 billion worth of debt forgiveness from the US for joining the coalition, still the main source of corruption from the state wasn't stopped.
In IOTL Egypt has a large pile of dead soldiers overseas needing to be recovered, the Saudi's effectively own Kuwait and has control over the reconstruction contracts, Mubarak has manoeuvred himself into an unpopular war that is seemingly politically suicidal, he has also singlehandedly killed the Arab Cooperation Council meanwhile, now he risks getting assassinated from extremist for doing the "dirty work" for the USA in conquering Kuwait, the nation now has a large amount of veterans suffering from PTSD and instead of getting a hero's welcome for their suffering they instead meet a Egypt under civil unrest.
Mubarak is likely to cause more chaos with his political corruption of detaining political figures and young activists without trials while he is increasing his and his family's Swiss Bank accounts.
Also Egypt now has to maintain all of the surviving expensive western military equipment that was dumped on them, but moving everything to actual Egypt will take time and money.
This video is what I remember whenever I hear of Ross, the man predicted the future and he was the hope that could've changed the US politics forever.The US political scene was increasingly rocked by a newcomer and independent challenger, Ross Perot.
A very big ouch, looks like were getting more landscape development via strategic bomber in Afghanistan.The Spring of 1992
It took way to long for me to write this.
I don't want to burden you with rewriting the entire Gulf War part of the TL, I'm just pointing out my opinion on the matter.
Oh here's a genuine question, how much has the NATO economies suffered with the continued high military spending of the cold war?