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.
KC135TopBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 2692 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 2685 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!
CX747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2635 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.