Accession Number : ADP006261

Title :   The C-17: Modern Airlifter Requirements and Capabilities,

Corporate Author : DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO LONG BEACH CA

Personal Author(s) : Tavernetti, Leonard R.

Report Date : DEC 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Modern airlift technology offers defense planners an effective tool for husbanding their resources in centralized locations, yet quickly deploying them to any trouble spot for a deterrent show of force or to prevent an aggressor from consolidating an attack. The newest military airlift aircraft, the U.S. Air Force's C-17, can rapidly move substantial quantities of large, modern weaponry in fighting condition any place on the globe. The new air transport capability capitalizes on proven technology which is currently incorporated into today's commercial airliners and front-line fighter aircraft. This paper describes how existing technology is being applied on the C-17 to satisfy the requirements for modern military airlift aircraft. The C-17 expands the traditional airland and airdrop modes of transportation to include direct delivery of large outsize equipment. This airlifter transports M-1 tanks, AH-64 helicopters, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles and delivers them to semiprepared austere airfields as small as 94 meters by 27 meters. The aircraft is operated by a crew of three employing fly-by-wire and mission computer technologies to integrate information and operations.

Descriptors :   AIR TRANSPORTATION, AIRCRAFT, AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, CENTRALIZED, COMBAT VEHICLES, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, COMPUTERS, DELIVERY, LANDING FIELDS, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, MISSIONS, POSITION(LOCATION), WARFARE, WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE