Ozair wrote:keesje wrote:Countries that support international operations have new gen fighting vehicles, want to be able to transport serious relief equipment, be able to cross substantial distances quickly without refuelling, be able refuel jets, be certified for using civil airways, present a truly tactical capability to get to the action directly. Frankly I think there are many.
Your assumption is wrong. There aren't many countries and the requirements you have listed, which looks like a nice list of A400M capabilities, isn't common for most militaries. Outside of UN operations, I can't think of ten countries that globally deploy troops on a regular basis outside of alliance organisations. If we look at NATO/ISAF, those transport needs are already met, as are any alliance operations conducted with the US, by the US extensive transport fleet. Additionally even the US contracts out to private providers including AN-124 operators.
Within UN operations, the vast majority of troops come from reasonably poor countries, are deployed regionally and the UN provides them with transport. Most UN vehicle movement is done by sea because the deployments are known with enough time to plan economic movement.keesje wrote:Basicly the larger, reasonable developped countries. Some use C-17's but they are not really tacticle and way more expensive to operate.
Keesje, France and Germany aren't landing AFVs forward using the A400M, even in Africa the threat is too high to deploy vehicles that way. They may fly them in to nearby airports but the most common transport method remains via sea. That way all the ammunition, special equipment, fuel, spares, support staff, engineering vehicles etc can be transported at the same time as the AFVs .
The" deploying a vehicle forward to an austere location with a A400M", or any current transport plane, is a myth and not a reality. Even in 1990, the US transported the vast majority of military equipment for GW1 by sea. During the cold war, there were no plans for the US to transport large fleets of AFV via aircraft, they used pre-positioned equipment and relied on sea transportation to move heavy equipment across the Atlantic, and that was a military with the largest and most capable air transport fleet in history.
I would hazard a guess that at least one army on each continent needs heavy lift capability. For instance the SANDF requires some urgently for deploying troops around Africa but for us, South Africa, they are too expensive. It is a pity that the AN 70 never got anywhere.