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  • Australia to compete Caribou replacement

    I didn't realize Australia was still using the Caribou. Wow...

    Australia's National Security Committee is expected to give initial project approvals by year-end to launch an open competition for a new light tactical airlifter to replace the nation's de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribous.

    Royal Australian Air Force sources said during the Australian air show in March that a sole-source acquisition of the Alenia Aeronautica C-27J Spartan was being actively planned, but the Australian government now says there will be a fully competitive tender process.

    Firm timings for the committee meeting remain volatile, with a national election looming before the end of this year, but current plans are focused on October. The same meeting will discuss revisions to Australia's rolling 10-year defence capability plan, with an interim version to first go before the Department of Defence's peak capability planning committee during September.

    Australia plans to launch acquisitions totalling between A$11 billion ($9 billion) and A$15 billion over the next 12 months, including funding for its initial purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and endurance unmanned air vehicles to be acquired in co-operation with the US Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance programme.

    The committee's discussion of airlift requirements is also expected to include endorsement of plans for a follow-on acquisition of Lockheed C-130Js to partially replace the RAAF's C-130Hs, in use since 1978. A new aerospace projects guide issued by Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation on 22 August confirms: "The C-130H will be progressively withdrawn and replaced with the C-130J and [Boeing] C-17 from 2012." Canberra has already received two C-17s, with its remaining two to follow by mid-2008.

    Lockheed says initial talks are being held with the DMO for more C-130Js, but that firm numbers and delivery schedules will depend on government decisions. RAAF sources indicate a six-aircraft order is possible, although a study of missionised variants has also been conducted to meet Australian special forces requirements such as in-flight refuelling of helicopters.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...placement.html
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    yeah heard this not long back mate cheers ..
    owner of the yahoo group for WW1 ,WW2 and Modern TO&Es
    (Tables of organisation & equipment or Unit of action )

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    • #3
      Excellent! I hear competition works! It is hard to beat the Caribou for what it does.

      Pruitt
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      • #4
        That's my pard........coming up with the good poop again....nice story little brother cuz i thought the lads done under had dropped her years back.....but she was and is a good bird.

        They can always convert em into firefighting birds!

        best
        CV

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
          Excellent! I hear competition works! It is hard to beat the Caribou for what it does.

          Pruitt
          I didn't realize they were still in use either. In 1970, I flew up the coast of Vietnam from Cam Rahn Bay to Phu Cat in a Caribou. My stomach followed a few days later.

          The beast bounced three or four times before it made it off the runway. It would drop like an elevator with no warning, when it wasn't crabbing. On landing, we hit near the left edge of the runway, bounced to center, bounced to right and by some miracle stopped dead center. I never really believed the stories about people kissing the ground until then.
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          • #6
            Oh gawd...the Spartan deal was was all but delivered, and now DMO chucks it...I thought the new director was supposed to stop the money drain, not increase it...
            Now listening too;
            - Russell Robertson, ruining whatever credibility my football team once had.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ivan Rapkinov View Post
              Oh gawd...the Spartan deal was was all but delivered, and now DMO chucks it...I thought the new director was supposed to stop the money drain, not increase it...
              Now isnt that interesting that DMO is prepared to put a programme that is in no way as important as BAMS or the New Aerospace Combat Capability to tender?

              Why the hell wasnt it done when the FA-18F's were purchased? Suerly that programme was of more strategic importance than the caribou replacement?

              Also read in the latest edition of Australian Aviation that the RAAF will indeed be purchasing the P-8A Poseidon aircraft to replace the AP-3C Orions. No brainer there , it is virtually the only contender in the class!
              Last edited by Galland; 27 Aug 07, 05:42. Reason: missed a sentence!

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