strategic airlift


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strategic airlift

[strə′tē·jik ′er‚lift]
(aerospace engineering)
The continuous, sustained air movement of units, personnel, and materiel in support of all U.S. Department of Defense agencies between area commands.
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The company is not trying to position the C-40 as a competitor to tactical and strategic airlift like Lockheed Martin's C-130, said Paul Oliver, Boeing's vice president of Middle East and Africa.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ruslan's maiden flight we have been informed that NATO has extended the contract on the use of this unique plane for strategic airlift missions in the interest of countries participating in the SALIS program until December 31, 2014," Antonov's press service said.
A total of 31 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.
Ruslan SALIS will provide An-124-100s for air transportation services for the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution project.
Since Afghanistan has no seaport of debarkation and very limited and unsecure overland transportation, most supplies, troops, and equipment come into the country by strategic airlift.
Fourth AF is responsible for "strategic reach forces," which includes aerial refueling and long-range, strategic airlift missions.
The majority of DOD's organic strategic airlift capability lies with AMC's C-17 and C-5 fleets, which, unlike the CRAF fleet, have capacity and capability to deliver outsize cargo.
Recognizing the need for cost savings in mobility operations, Stevenson sees financial gains in cutting back on the C-5 and C-17 for strategic airlift of outsized cargo and supplementing these airframes with fast sealift and an expanded Civil Reserve Air Fleet.
However, while most of the other announced projects have either come to fruition--such as the delivery of CC-177 Globemaster III strategic airlift planes and CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft--or have made it to a contract--like the order for 15 F-model Chinook heavy-lift helicopters--the JSS program ran aground in the summer of 2008.
The other international customers include the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the UK Royal Air Force, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.
Developed for the US Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas, the C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases throughout the world.
His background includes experience in strategic airlift, tactical airlift and aerial refueling missions.
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