The French Defense Minister sated that they are considering leasing or buying the C-130J if the A400M is delayed more:
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|Quoting RayChuang (Reply 3):|
That's why the idea of a European fleet of C-17's powered by the Rolls-Royce RB.211-535E engine may not sound so far-fetched anymore. The C-17's mission profile so overlaps the A400M's that European air forces might just end up with 100-120 planes. Remember when the RAF canceled the Nimrod AEW. 3 and replaced it with a CFM56-powered variant of the E-3 Sentry?
|Quoting LMP737 (Reply 4):|
Although it would more than likely be powered by Pratt motors. Adding the RB211 would just make the plane more expensive due to development, production and flight test costs.
|Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 2):|
Bond has taken the lead in reversing this dangerous gamble with our national security.
|Quoting Par13del (Reply 8):|
The transport plane will be built, a matter of pride, whether it is modified and the numbers lowered, additional delays etc., I do not see a cancellation being considered, that would cede the medium / heavy lift market.