The advantage of the herc or any other non-airbus lifter at low level is the lack of g limits - You can over stress and g load the wings if you need to get out of dodge. Can't remember what the chaps at Brize Norton said but the g limit on the a400 isn't much more than the civilian frames at 2g dirty and 2.5g clean.
Given the original Plan was 25 A400 and 25 C130
The fact were operating a mixed C130 A400 Fleet is hardly a revelation
In fact it could be argued its the C17 that's not needed and an extra type what with it being a temporary stop gap owing to a400 delays.
Im sure many wanted a final fleet for a dozen C17s and a few dozen hercs - but since the A400 was committed to a long time before the C17s were hired its something of a moot point.
To call such hopes an aspiration is probably a tad bold as well.
That's as maybe - but the commitment to A400 was already madeRAF wanted the A400 kicked into the long grass when they found how good the C-17 was.
That's as maybe - but the commitment to A400 was already made
Its no revelation that when C17 was bought (not leased ) and a few more added that every man and his dog was yelling a few more C17s and buy a few more Js to replace retiring Ks.
But fantasy fleets by individuals may not reflect - requirements, plans and funding based in reality
Good luck to the Spanish with that!It appears that Spain is trying to give 6 x A400Ms to South Korea in exchange for 30 x KT-1 turboprop and 20 x T-50 advanced trainers. This will of course further degrade any limited chance Airbus had for further production of the A400M.
Spain ordered 27 x A400Ms but wants to dispense with 13 of them. meanwhile, the KT-1s...
...and T-50s will significantly modernise their training system.
Well, the Koreans are driving around a dozen approaching 30 year old C-130H ( plus 6 Js), so there's not really a requirement for the RoKAF to take on a large transport type.Good luck to the Spanish with that!
The Koreans are nobody's mugs and will drive a pretty hard bargain, given how desperate the Spanish are to avoid paying for the 13 or so A400s they over-ordered.
In fairness, the RoK are a fairly major contributor to UN ops such as UNIFIL in Lebanon, coalition ops such as OIF in Iraq and the former Soviet Republics, and major exercises in Australia and the US....The Koreans do not have overseas commitments, so long trips out of the country are thin on the ground, further undermining the requirement for a A400 type transport...