PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
This is old news from 2/2007, and probably just newsworthy because the contract of the announcement
from last year has now been confirmed and signed. UAE Air Force Chooses A330 Mrtt (by Nohag Feb 20 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1939 times:
Quoting N1786b (Reply 2): there is no other explanation for this announcement today - this "order" is now a year old yet "par hazard" it is signed today the same day the USAF meets to decide on the tanker deal?
You mean an EADS publicity stunt so they get at least some positive news out there once it might be announced they'll lose the USAF contract? Hmm, considering the UAE order is actually a year old, I guess that could make sense.
But I was more trying to say that the UAE Air Force order has nothing to do with the USAF order. Now the press release on the hand, that is a different story...
So my bad, you guys could be right about that
Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
I'm just kind of wondering why the UAE feels it needs an MRTT....are they considering out of area ops ? Or just the possibility of loitering over Iran sometime soon ? Of course, maybe I'm missing something obvious, or maybe the sheikhs want more shiny new toys.