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Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:20 am

http://www.sr.se/ekot/artikel.asp?artikel=2350186

In Swedish

NATO Sweden and Finland have signed an agreement to buy 3 C17 aircraft.
First delivery in Spring 2009.
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:53 pm

 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:53 am

Rather than wade through Google's "transliteration", see the press releases from NATO and Boeing here.....

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/cgi...38AAAEAAAdMQCEAAAAK&modele=release

Strategic Airlift Capability Moves to Implementation
(Source: NATO; issued Oct. 1, 2008)


NATO Consortium Completes Agreement to Acquire Boeing C-17s
(Source: Boeing Co.; issued Oct. 1, 2008)
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:27 pm

This is great news and hopefully more will follow one day. Strategic airlift is badly needed in Europe and it's the kind of thing that would work very well under a shared regime within NATO, in the same spirit as the AWACS fleet.
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:22 am

Are these 3 airplanes (two new builds) an initial order? I would think these 12 nations would need a minimum of 6 C-17s.
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:25 am

I hope Germany would join, the A400 is getting late, the C160s old and tired and the leased An 124s are not good for every mission.
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:40 am



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
Are these 3 airplanes (two new builds) an initial order? I would think these 12 nations would need a minimum of 6 C-17s.

Actually I think the third one is a new build, just part of the USAF order.

The pain of this purchase was so intense that this will probably be it for the C-17. I believe they are planning on additional in the A400M/C-130/C-27 ranges in the future. The line of reasoning is the USAF/private airlines will furnish all of the NATO required strategic lift.
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:23 pm

Hopefully other European countries will be able to buy time on these aircraft in due course; I know that the Irish Defence Forces have a need for a transport aircraft, but in these present times of budgetary constraints, that's unlikely to happen; it would probably make a lot more sense if we could buy a certain amount of time on the NATO aircraft.

Are these the same aircraft that will be based in Hungary (Keczemet, I think?)
 
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RE: Nato Sweden And Finland Buy 3 C17

Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:02 pm

Yes, these aircraft will be based in Hungary.

The overall purchase of these aircraft is a little unusual. I don't have the information in front of me. But I think that NATO will purchase 3 NEW C-17s and the USAF will provide them with a brand NEW 4th C-17 down the line.

Good to see some extra life provided to the C-17 line. Boeing and other countries have been creative in keeping this aircraft in production.

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