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3 Weeks Ago  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by MontyB
I don't know the army have enough vehicles to move the entire force from one end of the country to the other 7 times without using the same vehicle twice, we purchased 4 frigates to operate in Antarctic waters and first one they sent down damn near snapped in two, now they want to replace the Hercules D series with J series ones that can't transport either NH-90 helicopter nor the NZLAV our primary frontline vehicles.

Can we call it a draw?
lol I'm sure I can think of something else.
3 Weeks Ago  
George
 
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Originally Posted by MontyB
, now they want to replace the Hercules D series with J series ones that can't transport either NH-90 helicopter nor the NZLAV our primary frontline vehicles.

Can we call it a draw?
Would need C-17s, out of production, unfortunately.
2 Weeks Ago  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by George
Would need C-17s, out of production, unfortunately.
Yes but we are looking at the C-17 despite it being out of production, personally I think the Airbus A-400M is the aircraft we should be looking at as it is pretty much a prop driven version of the C-17.
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2 Weeks Ago  
George
 
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Originally Posted by MontyB
Yes but we are looking at the C-17 despite it being out of production, personally I think the Airbus A-400M is the aircraft we should be looking at as it is pretty much a prop driven version of the C-17.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-a...-idUSKBN1H51CX
2 Weeks Ago  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by George
Oddly enough there is nothing in what the Germans are saying that we don't already know but a lot of it is to be expected from a relatively new aircraft, we have had an RAF one here on and off for months and it has shown itself to be a reliable and suitable aircraft albiet expensive.

What it boils down to is that we need an aircraft that can transport our NZLAVs, NH-90s as well as carry out aid operations from small Pacific Island airfields and while the Hercules is an amazing aircraft it can't perform the first two requirements.

What that leaves us with are various Chinese and Russian options which I would hope we aren't suicidal enough to buy, the out of production C-17 which would put the parts in the hands of a country that can no longer be considered reliable or Europe which is expensive but reliable.

I have no doubt we will end up with C-130-Js not because of it's suitablility or support by our military but for political expedience, if the airforce got it's wish we would have the A400M as the main transport and the KC-390 Embaerer as support.
2 Weeks Ago  
George
 
Think I saw somewhere that the USAF might be drying to get the C-17 back in production.
2 Weeks Ago  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by George
Think I saw somewhere that the USAF might be drying to get the C-17 back in production.
That was the rumour but Boeing are looking at selling the property as well, it is also estimated that it will cost upwards of $8 billion to restart production to it would probably be more cost effective to develop one of Boeing's existing civilian aircraft into the role.
 


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