|Quoting Tancrede (Reply 44):|
Like you heard, the A400M is on shedule and will go strong, much stronger than you would like.
I'm quite sure it will be a fine aircraft, m'good fellow. Nobody suggested otherwise-in fact, I really couldn't care because we aren't going to buy it here. You folks, on the other hand, have a logistics problem, and that is, how do you drop an all up MBT
into a hot zone on a 5,000 foot unimproved field? Right now you do not have anything that'll get r done unless it is on a space available basis from the USAF
or charter from the Russians.
The question will be, how do you deal with that? The A400M is not the answer to that question-it's more like a giant economy size C130, which isn't a bad idea.
The original proposition was whether it can be scaled to haul an all up LeClerc, Chieftain, or Leopard II
. I think it doubtful.
My old man used to say that that's like trying to carry 8 pounds of sugar in a five pound sack.