posted on Nov, 25 2019 @ 12:28 PM
a reply to: Forensick
Small problem though, it turns out you don't need to lift more than the C-130J can to places the C-17 can't go.
It's an irrelevant niche capability without any basis in reality, since there are very few places the A400M can go to while they C-17 cannot if it
really had to.
But even if it were relevant, consider the tradeoffs.
There will always be a hell of a lot of hardware the A400 won't be able to move. You end up needing a heavy lift capability. The RAFs C-17, SALIS and
Nato SAC. And Uncle Sam is always ready to help out, right?
On the low and you have the same issues. You can get by with flying just the C-130. But the A400M is woefully oversized for far too many missions.
Spain and France both fly CASAs. Germany is looking for a low-end solution as well, but that will take a long time.
That still not enough though. Turns out everyone buying the A400M ends up flying C-130s anyway. The RAF has one squadron of C-130Js. The Spanish Air
Force flys perfectly adequate C-130Hs. And France and Germany (!!) are in the process of forming a joint C-130J squadron, whole France has another
active C-130H squadron. No one is getting rid of those.
Why? Capabilities. The C-130J is a great platform for aerial refueling. It's a nightmare on the A400M due to the oversized turboprops. It's a great
platform for SF ops. The manufacturer can offer any combat-proven modification you can think of without much hassle. The A400M is a glorified
transport, barely capable of landing on dirt. And if you look at what caused the crash in Spain in 2015, I don't think they can take much if any
punishment. They can haul between airports and not much else.
Oh, and it can actually go where you need to go. In reality, the A400M simply can't do the smaller airfields the C-130J can land on. Lofty promises
and all that.