|Quoting par13del (Reply 184):|
Since the C-17 line has essentially ended, I am not sure how this is supposed to pressure Airbus to improve?
To my knowledge, no one has any second hand C-17's available for sale.
It seems it would not be difficult to sell some second hand C17s to DE. The Congress kept putting more C17s on the order books even when the USAF said it had enough. Now that Congress has had its pork dinner I would imagine a deal could be struck with a good ally like DE.
|Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 199):|
That means that two of the four engines fitted to each of the 24 aircraft delivered to date – or a total 48 engines -- must now be repaired, a much bigger task than initially anticipated.
That is worse than what was being hinted at above.
Based on the report I did a google translate of http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutsc...-fuer-den-ernstfall-a-1091973.html mentioned in:
|Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 183):|
Germany seems, according to Spiegel, be preparing for the worst and is evaluating to cancel the Project if engine issues are not solved by the end of this year:
Airbus, however, has presented an ambitious contingency plan. Among representatives of the armaments giant scattered earlier this week a two-sided paper. It's kind of schedule, as and when you want to solve the engine problems.
First, an exchange of individual components is planned, then the aggregate would not so often be serviced. In the long term, so Airbus plane to an "adaptive development of the transmission", which is to solve the problem completely. Even the transitional solution, ie the replacement of parts, but should be available until the end of 2016, the Bundeswehr.
The paper made on Wednesday for more chaos. War in the original version yet of plans for a lengthy "re-design of the transmission," the speech, Airbus corrected hastily during the current session, supposedly there was a translation error.
So at best this will be a two-phase approach, replacing parts in the short term, more substantial changes for the transmission in the longer term.
Add this to the fact that the schedules were a challenge even before the very regrettable hull loss and the program has been dealing with a lot of bad news.
Keep in mind Eders himself referred to the program as "troubled" as per #180 above.