Transport Aircraft for IAF

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Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Postby brar_w » 15 Oct 2019 05:13

Cybaru wrote:THis is what prompted my question. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... tion-line/


Anything is possible if you throw enough money at the problem. But realistically, the cost-benefit is not there. USAF needs a couple of squadrons of airlift. That is not to justify the Capital expense of funding a production run for which Boeing would have to first chose a location (they sold the land on which the C-17 factory was based to a residential/commercial developer), then move or order new machinery, move, hire and train the workforce, and then re-certify the entire facility for DOD compliance. Meanwhile, there are other ways to affordable, over time, achieve the same airlift footprint without embarking on such an expensive endeavor. The same will happen with the P-8, and the V-22 in the short term. On the P-8 it will be only the cost of restarting production of the MPA specific equipment but there will be a cost involved. Boeing has this issue with its legacy programs getting close to a sunset and has been communicating this to potential interested parties so that they can hurry up and place orders. They did the same on the C-17..few responded and were able to scoop up the orders. They should have built tails and used them as a contracted service. Many at the Air Force Association's annual have been talking about this for the last few years. But Boeing chose not to take that risk and shut it down.

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Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Postby Indranil » 15 Oct 2019 05:18

So, Chinese and Russians will be the only ones left with the capability to roll out aircrafts with 50 ton+ airlift capability?

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Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Postby brar_w » 15 Oct 2019 05:32

Yes for now. The C-5 fleet for the USAF is being upgraded which will add life and improve reliability. There are more than 50 C-5A's at the boneyard that can be upgraded and brought back into the active duty if needed.The more than 200 C-17's don't need a replacement for some time still. USAF has funded next generation mobility focused Science and Technology programs that will support the work for their replacement in the future. In the meantime, I'm sure they will look at contracted airlift to fill gaps so that they can plan 5-6 years at a time in the interim utilizing in production systems like the C-130, A-400 and KC-390 or even leasing commercial airlift options.

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Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Postby Cybaru » 15 Oct 2019 06:46

Time to convert all older Air India planes to cargo mode and move it for regular duty! Save them C17s for when really needed for outsized cargo or try QATAR and UAE to sell their fleet to us.

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Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Postby chola » 15 Oct 2019 08:32

The Japanese are actively looking for overseas customer of their well-regarded Kawasaki C2 transport.

https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/avalon/2019/02/28/japan-pitches-c-2-for-new-zealand-transport-fleet/

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I am surprised that India had not been mentioned as a possible buyer/partner.


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