Australia Wants $2 Billion C-17 Deal - Page 2




 
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April 21st, 2006  
Warwick
 
True AusieNick, the one operating out of Richmond is scary to whach operating.
Bemused by the milkcrate seats for Paxs in the cockpit!!!!!
April 21st, 2006  
G Connor
 
Given your experience with the French Mirage and associated AAM's, I'm glad to see such a good partner has seen the error or thier ways. No question the F/A 18 has brought its own challenges, but at least the manufacturer and seller are standing behind it.

"Westernizing" an IL-76 would not be a simple or cheap endeavor. Even the ADI folks would have to be sceptical of that project.
April 21st, 2006  
poacher63
 
The Austrailians may do what the Brits did and that was basically hired them from the USAF on wet lease(Dont Know what "wet" means!) but thats what i was told by RAF Flight crew on the way back from Senegal in 98'. Basically it comes down to one thing if your countries defence policy is actually heading towards 'Expeditionary Warfare' or its financially worth it because those C-17/s are very capable but awfully expensive to run.
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April 22nd, 2006  
Warwick
 
With the major updating of equipment and the huge purchases going on at the moment the cost factor of running C17s will be interesting to watch!!!
M1 tanks are soon on the way. The Army are already training with the Aussie ones in the USA.
New Navy ships and the JSF, lots of money being spent, and we are still losing people to the better paying private sector.
April 22nd, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 

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Originally Posted by Warwick
With the major updating of equipment and the huge purchases going on at the moment the cost factor of running C17s will be interesting to watch!!!
M1 tanks are soon on the way. The Army are already training with the Aussie ones in the USA.
New Navy ships and the JSF, lots of money being spent, and we are still losing people to the better paying private sector.
The price of freedom is never cheap.
May 9th, 2006  
masterblaster
 

the C-17 is about the only large military transport around now. The C-130 is still in production, and a really good bird, but not big or fast enough. Militarizing an airbus product would be impossible. the russians build solid aircraft BUT. They are normally short-legged and have thirsty engines. Putting western engines and electronic goodies on them would bring the price to that of a c-17. And with no chance of getting your parts cut off if russia suddenly turns evil again.
Can anyone imagine the USA suddenly getting pissed at the aussies. too much blood has been shed togather.
May 10th, 2006  
AussieNick
 
2.2 Billion set for the purchase of the planes last night in the federal budget. Looks like we will be buying them outright.
May 10th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
Sounds like a good deal!