RAF's newest transport aircraft named Atlas

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
The RAF's next generation military transport aircraft has officially been named Atlas at the Royal International Air Tattoo, which is taking place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

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#2
I wonder if it will actually fly this year, or whether it will sit on the ground as usual, surrounded by embarrassed RAF Media Ops and Airbus PR teams.
 
#3
Not Grizzly then.
 
#4
They had a formation of 5 of them over France last month.

Anything for a photo opportunity for les frogs.
 
#5
They should have called it Nelly the elephant, but then again this thing has already being involved in a circus.
 
#6
Would this be the same ATLAS name that was announced last year?

Nice to see MOD is saving money by recycling press announcements.

Coming next week, MOD-rss announces that the Battle Britain has begun.
 
#7
Would this be the same ATLAS name that was announced last year?

Nice to see MOD is saving money by recycling press announcements.

Coming next week, MOD-rss announces that the Battle Britain has begun.
And its announced a few days after the AAC is shrunk, bastard crabs.....:sunny:
 
#8
How much is the price on the contract and how much will we really be paying ?
 
#9
I worked on Hercs in 1970, fourty odd years is not bad so maybe its time they got replaced, excellent kite though.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#11
too expensive to send anywhere for risk of getting damaged and the c17 is more capable so once again another RAF procurement success.

sorry did I say RAF I meant BAE
 
#12
I did like the comment about 'showing how we can work with our European partners to deliver etc etc'. Deliver what? An overpriced late project?
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
Atlas carried the world on his shoulders.

Does this imply that we can only afford a single aircraft and it will have to carry the entire burden of supply?

Wordsmith
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
do they come as part of tranche 2?
 
#16
too expensive to send anywhere for risk of getting damaged and the c17 is more capable so once again another RAF procurement success.

sorry did I say RAF I meant BAE
I was impressed with the tests to demonstrate its much touted better rough field performance than a Herc that had to be abandoned when the thing sunk into the grass… Doh!

Needless to say, being AIRBUS, the tests were pronounced a great sucess.
 

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