They were made to fit into a C-5 for transport. C-5's are going away in AD military. They won't fit into a C-17, so a redisign is in the works.
Antonov transports are nearly half the cost of operating a Galaxy. The vessels are well beyond their intended service lives as the relatively thin aluminum hulls are nearly reaching the end of stress-fatigue capabilities.
Antonov transports are nearly half the cost of operating a Galaxy. The vessels are well beyond their intended service lives as the relatively thin aluminum hulls are nearly reaching the end of stress-fatigue capabilities. I do like the new shock-absorbing seats, though a bit pricy ...
The C-17 is the ****.
Nice bird, great capabilities, fast.
The C-5 is/was far too finicky. Was would be assured of an extended stay on our deployment if we heard we were going to be traveling back via C-5. It was garunteed to break.
Sry, just ereased those images and supersecret info!
Couldn't find that image of the Antonov at North Island anyway ...
Originally Posted by Matchanu
But strategically, it's bad form to rely on private contract for military transport.
How so? Contracting sees to the supplies, logistics and food in the field as well as the fuel that keeps us going, amongst other things. It's more cost-effective, especially as the worlds military superpower.
Sry, just ereased those images and supersecret info ..
How so, they supply the food in the field and the fuel that keeps us going .
Yes, but it's utilizing a redundant ability the military can already provide. Using a private contract is cheaper and readily availible so it's utilized in lui of militray transport.
The point is having the only stategic means of moving military hardwear being civilian contract is not a good idea. The military needs to have full capability to move items to tactical locations within it's own realm. There are a lot of issues to consider when using civilian transport, including OPSEC.
A civi company can go **** up when you most need it, not good if the op plan calls for that specic piece of hardwear and it can't get there because Fed Ex is having employee issues due to a strike or whatever.