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airlift

the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc., esp when other routes are blocked

airlift

[′er‚lift]
(aerospace engineering)
To transport passengers and cargo by the use of aircraft.
The total weight of personnel or cargo carried by air.

airlift

i. The transportation of personnel or materiel by use of aircraft and/or helicopters. Also, the operation or service carrying out such transportation or the aircraft used in such an operation.
ii. The total weight of personnel and cargo that is, or can be, transported by air, as in airlift capability. See also airlift capability.
airlift capability The total capacity expressed in terms of the number of passengers and/or the weight or volume of cargo that can be carried at any one time to a given destination by available airlift.
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Additionally, with its wide body and STOL capabilities, a new tactical airlifter would be able to transport to the forward area 90 percent of an Army brigade's combat essential vehicles.
India earlier purchased $1 billion USD of C-130J tactical airlifter planes from Lockheed Martin Corp., and approval of the deal with Boeing was expected.
The RAF said: "Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters. The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres."
The A400M has the ability to fly at a greater distance at a faster and higher altitude and carries nearly twice the payload of current tactical airlifters.
Aircraft which perform this role are considered strategic airlifters, such as Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Ilyushin Il-76 Candid or Antonov An-124 Ruslan, in contrast with tactical airlifters, such as the C-130 Hercules, Lockheed Martin C-27 Spartan and Transall C-160, which can normally only move supplies within a given theater of operations.

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