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Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:03 pm

The production of the future European military transport plane has begun.
The first parts have been assembled at the Airbus facility in Varel next to Bremen.
The A400M will replace the C-160 Transall and the C-130 Hercules with most European air forces.

Here is a link -but it is in German : http://de.news.yahoo.com/050126/12/4e1sy.html

[Edited 2005-01-28 13:03:52]
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:08 am

Great! The marketing slogan should be "Airbus A400M: Too big to be a tactical airlifter, too small to be a strategic airlifter."
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:39 am

"Great! The marketing slogan should be "Airbus A400M: Too big to be a tactical airlifter, too small to be a strategic airlifter."

Well, I wonder why the Russians and Ukrainians had a plane of a similar size like the A400M if it is the wrong one !! It seems that a lot of countries have a need for an aircraft that big or that small (see Malaysia and South Africa as likely A400M customers). Other countries are interested aswell.

So the slogan should be :"Suits your needs the best ". Besides not every country can a afford a C-17 or need a plane that big. Why buying a Chevy Suburbean if a Blazer is enough for your needs and a Geo Tracker is too small.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Jan 29, 2005 3:28 am

"Well, I wonder why the Russians and Ukrainians had a plane of a similar size like the A400M if it is the wrong one !!"

Don't waste your time buddy. Here's a simple thing you need to know to understand N328KF:

Not American=Stupid.

After all, the An-70/A400M is not a copy of any American airplane (or is it?)! Now that is suspicious...  Insane


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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:24 am

LY744:

Whatever.

The A400M is like Galileo or the A380—it's a status project. The difference is that the A380 may actually be commercially successful. The A400M is already looking to be more expensive because of the infighting between the services, governments, and corporations involved over differing requirements, delayed orders, etc. And what's with granting the engine contract to a dark horse with an inferior and more expensive product, at the last possible minute?

The difference between Europe and the Russians is that the Russians already have airlifters on both sides of the size spectrum from the An-70.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:08 am

Not status, unless status is now a desire to do what the US does, that is protect vital national industries.
Not being subject to the whims of increasingly negative US administrations too, you want Europe to have a better airlift capability, but only if the supplier is from the US?

Tough luck, C-17 is way too expensive and fills a slightly different mission (the RAF will retain theirs after A400M is deployed), C-130J is not up to the task, ALM Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM's fault, maybe despite the extra costs, they should have widened the fuselage somewhat, what is the point of buying a large fleet of new transports that have many of the limitations of the aircraft they are replacing?

I see a pattern here, anything that is not being done by the US is now a status project? Clearly A380 customers think not, tough luck again, Boeing had two shots at updating 747 in the last 8 years and flunked it both times.
Not for the first time, they did not rate the opposition.

A400M will be built in large numbers for contributing nations, collaboration might be a pain sometimes, the politics and resulting delays, however Europe is not the US, you are not dealing with one nation, but when you pull it off it pays dividends, economies of scale in production and all that.

C-130J is for the moment threatened not by A400M, but the ending of USAF orders, the C-130 originally was boosted by not just being a great design, but by the large US orders.
Why be surprised that the C-17 has not had, save the RAF, any exports? How many C-141's which it replaced were sold abroad?

Europe is often, and rightly, criticized for spending not enough on Defence, mainly in the area of power projection, well A400M will help a lot in fixing that, maybe F-35 will become a European mainstay, with Typhoon, Gripen and Rafale, but some attitudes will have to change to ensure this, promises on offset work and input in areas beyond metal bashing will not have to be broken as has been threatened, Norway for one might end up with Typhoon because of this.
 
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:01 am

The A400M will be an excellent transport plane and will likely garner a good few export orders.

It seems to me that lots of Americans on a.net have real problems when it comes to Europeans designing and building their own planes. Their attitude seems to be "You should buy our planes, but don't expect us to buy any of yours, our defence is way too important for us to take the risk."  Insane
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 5:46 am

I still think the Il-76 is a better option, An-70 still got serious problems.
New engines and better avionics and the Il-76 would be really great..
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:48 am

Galileo is a status project?? Are you aware the US provides its European allies with less accurate information - and 24 hours late?

And when the Europeans build an arlifter bigger than the C-130 it's a status project, too? You know Airbus can build aircraft quite a bit bigger than the A400M, do you?

In fact, I wish the A400M would have an MTOW 10 ton higher than the aircraft actually has.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:13 pm

Does anybody knows other nations that are interested in ordering the a400m for their millitary, besides the eight already confirmed.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:18 pm

Does anybody knows other nations that are interested in ordering the a400m for their millitary, besides the eight already confirmed
I've heard the RSAF (Singapore) is looking at it, but they'll probably wait till it flies,or maybe just upgrade their C-130s to J or X standard. Also, i'd think the rest of the european air arms that can afford it. But definitely not us Americans.
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Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:49 pm

The biggest problem with the current GPS is that it belongs to the US MoD and they have full control over it. Gallileo is seen as an alternative, which, since it is about 20 years younger, also includes improvements.

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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:19 pm

MD11Engineer:

You act as if GPS hasn't been receiving constant upgrades. I believe they are about to start launching GPS III satellites, which are just as sophisticated as the Galileo stuff, and with a far more powerful transmitter (to improve anti-jamming capability.)
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:23 pm

The problem is still that there is only one group in control of it, the US MoD and they can downgrade it or switch it off whenever they like it. This is e.g. one reason why GPS is not yet permitted for precision approaches in many countries. Gallileo would provide an alternative, especially with receivers, which can process both signals and reduce errors due to comparison.

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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:16 pm

There is no U.S. MoD. Perhaps you mean the Department of Defense.

Anyhow, that goal was mooted by the fact that the EU was basically told "allow us to degrade/disable when/where necessary or we will jam/intercept it ourselves" by the U.S. Government—and the EU complied. There is now a diplomatic mechanism for the U.S. to make the request.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:43 pm

Sorry, I meant the DoD...
Got into British mode...  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:58 am

Alessandro,

The width of the cargo box of the IL-76 is too small (3.45 vs 4 metres).
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:25 am

The A400 will be an excellent transporter for those nations that can afford them, and that need their capabilities. They are not strategic transporters in the sense that we are used to seeing, but they do have the ability to move large loads. I do not believe that they will eliminate the need for for chartering large cargo jets for movements, but they will lessen that need. This airplane will not enable the Europeans to move armored forces in bulk to other theaters, and their additional value that overcomes their additional cost is suspect. They are however a popular program with many and provide jobs for the user countries, which the C-130J does not for most.

The C-130J is still the penultimate intra-theatre transporter and will meet the needs of airforces it serves for the next 50 years. They can move most everything that needs moving in theatre and cost less than the A400.

Galileo is unnecessary and the fact that we can still block it eliminates most of the stated purpose. It is difficult to deny that the European governments do perform unnecessary duplication efforts in an effort to be able to use equipment made at home, and pass it off as effort to create jobs and industry at home.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:36 pm

I don't see a problem with Galileo being launched. Same thinking (even more important, really) as the US not buying KC-330s.
 
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sat Feb 05, 2005 5:30 pm

Ian,

GPs signals can be blocked just as easily, as was proven by some radio hams prior to the introduction of a GPS based autobahn toll system in Germany. They built a jamming transmitter out of $20 worth of electronic components and handed it in to a major TV station for testing, as a demonstrator to how easily this system can be sabotaged. This little box, about the size of a cigar box, can, if mounted in a suitable position, e.g. the top of a tower or the summit of a mountain or hill, block the GPS signals for a radius of up to 200 km.

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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:15 am

YEah, that's true. Efforts have been made with replacement satellites to increase the transmission power and defeat jamming, but it becomes a game to some kids with access to a radio shack and $20 to monkey with the system.....just like hackers.
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RE: Production Of The A400M Has Begun

Sun Feb 06, 2005 5:55 am

The "boom" in production of low cost GPS guided weapons is gonna ebb out the day some bad guy gets hold of some decent jamming equipment.

I guess the RAF is glad they have the dual capability in the Paweway IV.

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