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  • Browne: Extra C-17 will 'significantly boost' UK military operations

    Cheers to the UK for beefing up their airlift capabilities.

    The Ministry of Defence has announced the intention to purchase a new Boeing C-17 'Globemaster' as part of a number of further measures to enhance operational effectiveness.

    Defence Secretary Des Brown made the announcement yesterday, Thursday 26 July 2007, in a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament. Also announced was the creation of a new deployable 2 Star Divisional Level Headquarters, which will lead the Regional Command Centre South in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    Defence Secretary Des Browne said:
    "A sixth C-17 will provide a significant boost to our ability to transport troops and equipment quickly to wherever they are needed, particularly in support of our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "The Government has always made it clear that support to frontline operations is our first priority. Today's announcement underlines this commitment.

    "These measures demonstrate that we are adjusting our structures to meet demands and to ensure that our forces are rotated."
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    On operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the current C-17 fleet has been used extensively by the UK to transport items of military equipment including Chinook and Apache helicopters and Tornado F3 fighters. In a humanitarian role, it was used during the SE Asia Tsunami and the Pakistan earthquake to deliver aid and large rescue equipment.

    The aircraft's capabilities are:
    • Take off from a 7,600-ft (2,316 m) airfield, carry a payload of 160,000 pounds (72,576 kg), fly 2,400 nautical miles (4,445 km) and land in 3,000 ft (914 m) on a small airfield by day or night.
    • Carry 54 troops in addition to its equipment load or a total of 102 troops ready for combat.
    • All that is needed to operate the C-17 is a flight crew comprised of two pilots and one loadmaster, supported by advanced cargo systems and an advanced digital avionics system.
    • An externally blown flap system allows a steep, low-speed final approach with low-landing speeds for short-field landings.
    • The C-17 can carry loads of up to 75 tonnes, fly distances up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,445 km), and land in remote, unpaved airfields in rough, land-locked regions. This makes it an invaluable asset for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.
    The new C-17 aircraft will join the rest of the C-17 fleet at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire when it enters service in late 2008/early 2009.

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/De...Operations.htm
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    Can it overfly a Taliban bridge and drop a case of nitroglycerin out of the cargo door?

    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sickpup View Post
      Cheers to the UK for beefing up their airlift capabilities.
      If you knew what our Airlift was like at the moment you'd see that's a drop in the ocean.

      IIRC: We've got 3 50 year old VC-10's which are falling apart, some hercs, and a smattering of Rented planes off the Americans.
      Winnie says
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      It was an Accident."
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      • #4
        yeah we could do with about another 6 C-17s on top what we have or getting ..
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        • #5
          For those who think that we're joking, bare in mind the Para's have had their jump training suspended until about 2011. Because we don't have enough aircraft available. and can you really see the government re-introducing Jump training? It'd cost money.

          So they're all hats now!
          Winnie says
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          "He fell out of a Gestapo car, over a bridge, and onto a railway line. Then was run over by the Berlin Express.

          It was an Accident."
          Herr Flick.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Listy View Post
            If you knew what our Airlift was like at the moment you'd see that's a drop in the ocean.
            Oh, I know what your airlift is like... which is why I'm happy to see any addition to the force. Every extra airframe helps.
            Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... again...

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