The 'newest' transports for the RAF have been released to service and should join operations in Afghanistan shortly. There were a couple of things that struck me about the programme - specifically how well it seemed to run!
In short, since contract award in January 2012, two BAe 146s have been bought, converted, trialled and certified within 15 months and received release to service just 1 month later than originally scheduled. The total cost of the programme is expected to be circa £47 million.
This was achieved under an Urgent Operational Requirement so some of the red tape is bypassed, and the aircraft role isn't particularly sophisticated, but given it is a defence procurement it seems to be a particularly well thought out, planned, budgeted and overall managed programme.
Are there any other good examples of well managed State procurement programmes?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12968 posts, RR: 79 Reply 7, posted (8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4763 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4): Wasn't the BAe-146 purchased as an interim aircraft due to delays in the A-400M program? If that is true, they may be in service with the RAF for a while.
No. It's about the imminent retirement of C-130K's.
Specifically for transport within the Afghan area of operations. So after late 2014 that part of the tasking will be over.
Nothing really to do with the A400M.
Possibly it's also seen as being able to avoid taking C-130J's from the UK to Afghan air-bridge, to do that tasking.
Thus maintaining the whole force for that and for any other contingencies, rather than having a couple of them in Afghanistan.
ThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3723 times:
Quoting Bthebest (Reply 5): Probably a queue for C130s and C295 would be new type so more expensive.
Not to mention that UK C-130J's are not identical to USAF C-130J's; I remember there was talk about the UK in the past wanting to unload the 'short' C-130J's and Canada was bandied about as a potential taker and there was a lot of talk about the UK spec C-130J's and how it differed from the USAF C-130J's, particularly in the back area. If my memory serves me correctly, UK spec C-130J's don't have a cargo management system in the back which makes loading and securing certain payloads more difficult and time consuming.
The UK could have gotten a C-130J on short notice like how Canada got it's first C-130J, but they would probably would have been forced to accept a non-standard aircraft which would had created sustainment issues.
Quote: "'The Air Force Life-Cycle Management Center [AFLCMC] at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is conducting market research to identify potential sources that possess the expertise, capabilities, and experience to manufacture and deliver C-27J aircraft,' the document reads. 'Responses to this survey will be used to influence the programme's acquisition strategy.'
The USAF terminated its C-27J programme in an effort to save money in its fiscal year 2013 budget. The service also says that it will dispose of the 38 aircraft that are currently in service with the Air National Guard. Air Force leaders testified earlier in the year that the fate of those C-27Js will be decided before the end of this year."