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IAF impressed with Airbus A400M

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  1. Soumya

    Soumya Major STAR MEMBER

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    August 19, 2013: In February this year, Airbus Military began a quiet campaign to showcase the A400M airlifter to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The company knew this was a difficult proposition, given that the IAF already has its resources committed to several existing programmes, including the C-130J acquisition, the HAL-UAV multi-role transport aircraft (MTA), the HS-748 Avro replacement, the Saras, An-32 upgrade among a few others. It would seem unlikely that the service is looking for new platforms other than those that fill these immediate requirements. However, Airbus sources say their strategy is not near-term.

    The Indian team has been mandated, rather, with showcasing the A400M to the IAF as a possible future platform, perhaps modified for Indian use, with Indian inputs. As it turns out, the IAF has been very impressed with the A400M, even if it does not immediately fit with their requirements. For instance, the IAF has been observing receive events pertaining to the A400M with a great degree of interest, including trials on unpaved runways (an area of persistent interest to the IAF), its recently demonstrated airfield assault capability at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, and the first flight of the first Turkish A400M. A senior sources in the IAF says, "The A400M is a formidable aircraft. It is rapidly proving its capabilities across the spectrum. The IAF requires a highly serviceable and available transport fleet. Perhaps in the future the Airbus A400M will be something we can consider."



    Airbus Military is conducting a renewed phase of trials examining the A400M´s performance on unpaved runways. The photos show the second development aircraft – MSN2 – taking-off from the Ablitas test site near Zaragoza, Spain.

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    As much as i would love this A400M we need to look into our priorities first.
     
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    In February this year, Airbus Military began a quiet campaign to showcase the A400M airlifter to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The company knew this was a difficult proposition, given that the IAF already has its resources committed to several existing programmes, including the C-130J acquisition, the HAL-UAV multi-role transport aircraft (MTA), the HS-748 Avro replacement, the Saras, An-32 upgrade among a few others. It would seem unlikely that the service is looking for new platforms other than those that fill these immediate requirements. However, Airbus sources say their strategy is not near-term.

    The Indian team has been mandated, rather, with showcasing the A400M to the IAF as a possible future platform, perhaps modified for Indian use, with Indian inputs. As it turns out, the IAF has been very impressed with the A400M, even if it does not immediately fit with their requirements. For instance, the IAF has been observing receive events pertaining to the A400M with a great degree of interest, including trials on unpaved runways (an area of persistent interest to the IAF), its recently demonstrated airfield assault capability at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, and the first flight of the first Turkish A400M. A senior sources in the IAF says, “The A400M is a formidable aircraft. It is rapidly proving its capabilities across the spectrum. The IAF requires a highly serviceable and available transport fleet. Perhaps in the future the Airbus A400M will be something we can consider.â€￾
     
  4. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Already posted here
     
  5. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    It is a good plane, but its development has been plagued like that of F-35
    I think it has arrived too late on the scene
     
  6. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Link on tweeter broken. and no imho, its filling a gap with C130 and C17 in terms of size allowing greater payload and way tougher conditions respectively.
     
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  8. randomradio

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    We have three major types of transport aircraft today that can carry well over 10 tons and one in development.

    C-130/IL-214 - 20 tons
    IL-76 - 50 tons
    C-17 - 70 tons

    We will be missing heavy lift capability of the 40-50 tons class in a decade from now.

    A-400M will be able to fit into such a requirement later on. So there is room for this aircraft in the long term as the article states. That is considering IAF wants a similar replacement for the IL-76.
     
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    If A400 can land and take of from Daulat Beg Oldi like runways then we sould consider it for special operations since it can carry twice as much C130 J And C17/IL76 cant do that
     
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    Hidalgo 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    true and at any given moment A400 is a better choice than IL-76
     
  11. Gessler

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    Or we can go for IL-476.
     
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    The Il-476 is a modernized version of the Il-76 Candid transport plane and features a new wing, a fully digital flight control system, a new cockpit with advanced digital displays and PS-90A-76 turbofans with improved fuel efficiency, according to state-run aerospace holding United Aircraft Corporation
     
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    IL-76 is no longer being manufactured.

    IL-476 is 60+ tonnes and competes with C-17.

    So, it is not an option at all today. Basically, it doesn't look like A-400 will have any competition for its weight class.
     
  14. Picdelamirand-oil

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    Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots test Airbus A400M

     
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    Kawasaki C-2

    The Kawasaki XC-2 (previously C-X) is a military transport aircraft being developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)

    General characteristics
    Crew: 3
    Capacity: Length 16 m x Width 4 m x Height 4 m
    Payload: 37,600 kg (84,000 lb)
    Length: 43.9 m (144 ft)
    Wingspan: 44.4 m (145 ft 8 in)
    Height: 14.2 m (46 ft 7 in)
    Empty weight: 60,800 kg (133,920 lb)
    Max. takeoff weight: 141,400 kg (265,000 lb)
    Powerplant: 2 × GE CF6-80C2K1F[14], 59,740 lbf (266 kN) each

    Performance

    Cruise speed: Mach 0.8 (550 mph, 890 km/h)
    Range: 6500 km (4,039 mi; 3,510 nmi) at 12-tonne payload[12])
    Ferry range: 10,000 km(6,214 mi; 5,400 nmi)
    Service ceiling: 12,200 m (40,000 ft)
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