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Australia Possibly To Purchase C-17  
User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

Hi All,

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.

See article:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au.../0,5744,17571837%255E31477,00.html

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.

Glenn Stewart


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3058 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.


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5668 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3051 times:
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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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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3001 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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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Quoting CX747 (Reply 3):
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.

The RAF wants to terminate the lease and buy them outright.


User currently offlineSocal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

The C-17A would be a great addition to Australia's Armed Forces........  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

Since the RAAF went for the KC330, I do not see as much of a need for eight A400s compared to only 4 C-17s. The range, versatility and shear space of the C-17 would be great.

2 Billion seems like a lot for only 4 though, I take it this includes the maintenance for the next 30 years or so as has been the case with recent contracts.


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