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oooh nicely snapped!
post high rez if possible. but still very nice 🙂
What the heck. The title is so misleading. It's a snap of the aircraft. Not that the aircraft snapped. Why do you guys do this? It almost took my breath away.
@[email protected]: idiot! 🙂
Any news or pics on the Mil/Apache trials?
I STILL say we should have bought the AN-124 its cheaper carries hell more than the C-17 for the price of 10 C17 we could have got 20 AN-124
About 2 or 3 years ago VAYU magazine had an interesting story about how some T72s were squeezed into an IL76 (or was that an AN32?)and airlifted to Leh. With this around – projected at 10 no.s – I suppose that wont be a problem. Only thing – how much Uncle sam will squeeze us.Already the C17 production at Long beach has been "stretched" – they are going slow on the current orders to keep everyone employed.
is not weather is very bad on that evening, i saw it over Moolchand flyover normal route for landing timing 6-6.15pm 7july
not 10 but even more c17 are in the pipe line.
Any idea on what is the final price that has been quoted for the Indian order by Uncle Sam?
APprox. $300 million perpiece + spares is quoted but then these figures are always "indicative" prices and not the "final" prices:)
There has been a long and detailed discussion of this deal over at Bharat Rakshak. The feeling I get from reading the details(including a first-hand account by a Canadian C-17 pilot) is that the IAF is setting itself up for a disappointment and a waste of money.
The IAF wants the C-17 for its advertised ability to operate from unprepared airfields like Leh. Unfortunately it does not have such an ability in practice; it is limited in payloads for such operations and, more importantly, causes damage to unprepared runways owing to inadequate landing gear reinforcement.
Aside from that there's the matter of its astronomical cost; it costs four times as much as the Ukrainian An-124(which has double the lifting capacity) and some seven to eight times as much as the IL-76(which has 70 percent of its capacity) it will apparently replace. No value for money here. I wonder if bribes had a role in its unanimous selection.
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