RAF's new C-17 makes its first delivery to Helmand

#2
New Landrover delivered to Bulford.......no shit!
 
#3
Gives the RAF global reach eh? I s'pose they will be OK for rescuing civvy contractors.
 
#5
Does the delivery of this aircraft, important capability though it is, really warrant a comment from the Chief of the Air Staff? I cannot imagine CGS adding a soundbite to the delivery of a new armoured vehicle/weapon. Or is it that the RAF have to bust a gut to be seen to be relevant at the moment? They always were very good at the 'media ops' side.
 
#6
Perhaps the RAF Regt should have a live ticker feed that counts every time they raise the barrier at KAF...
 
#8
So it will be de commissioned next week and scrapped
 
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#10
You will note however that these were never in the Air Staff plan...

I believe the greater part of the C130 fleet were bought out of the Army budget, as the RAF did not see the need....!
 
#11
The C-130 was originally rejected, as the Argosy and Belfast were deemed suitable for UK Defence needs. How times change.

Be grateful there's enough money in the pot to buy C-17s ... it's a long way to walk.
 
#13
The original plan was to buy 8 when we decided the C17 was the best tool for the job but dave recently decided not to order the eigth as cost cutting so we'll have 7 for however many years they serve for as well as the A400 whenever it gets working / delivered and goodbye to the Hercs around 2021.
 

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