Quoting The Australian: The Government is considering buying or leasing long-term up to four US C-17s or eight smaller Airbus Military A400M propeller-driven aircraft
Quoting The Australian: Defence sources say the C-17, which has been in service with the US Air Force since the early 1990s, is a proven aircraft, which would likely be ready for delivery earlier than the Airbus.
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KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12336 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4194 times:
Quoting Glennstewart (Thread starter): I just noticed the thread:
End Of The Line For The C-17? (by Lumberton Nov 4 2005 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)
Well, news today has noted that Australia is to spend about AU$2 billion looking for a heavy lifter
The C-17A would suit the RAAF very well. The RAF likes the 4 they have. The RAAF can start getting delivery about 18 months after they order them. Or they could wait until about 2013-2014 to begin deliveries of the A-400Ms.
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5887 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4187 times:
Sounds like a good plan, the ADF has been short of heavy lift for a long time(well forever really) and something that could provide troop and equipment lift for overseas deployments without relying on allies or commercial charters such as AN-124 and IL-76s would be a good thing.
Having said that $2b for 4 airframes is putting a lot of the ADF's limited eggs in one basket!
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CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4533 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4137 times:
Every user of the C-17 has fallen in love with the airframe. In fact the RAF is going to end up with 5 rather than the 4 they currently operate. Does anyboyd know how many hours those RAF examples have on them by now? It seems that they are rarely on the ground.
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