United Arad Emirates were a order placed before the white tails, not in the 10.
The initial UAE order was in 2009 for 4, this was increased to 6 in 2010, in Feb 2015 they placed an order for 2 additional aircraft, these are 2 of the whitetails, there's only 1 left, the question is who will take it? Not us for sure that would be a daft purchase.
A political solution with a fleet of 2 aircraft consisting of a very old and tired airframe with the other being a brand new airframe.
I would imagine there will be significant differences between the old and new which means there will need to be a significant and ongoing modification programme to standardise the two models.
Whilst, the previous introduction of 2nd hand aircraft into RNZAF service such as the Andover, A4G, B727, B777 has proved to be successful option albeit a very expensive with the true cost being hidden in the ongoing maintenance costs
Gungadin. Nice to see the New Zealand Airbus rep back again.
If the government decides that this is the best option then that is what they will buy. I am glad that they are looking at all the options. Doing nothing and having no options aside from Airbus is just as poor option as buying two airframes of differing ages. I also am not aware of there being significant differences between these aircraft otherwise how are the likes of Australia incorporating the white tails into their fleets.
I also am not aware of there being significant differences between these aircraft otherwise how are the likes of Australia incorporating the white tails into their fleets.
There are two variants of the C-17 - the most recent 2/3's of the production run have an additional fuel tank for more range (something like 5 extra hours of flying!!) and other minor changes.
India's government just approved a purchase of an additional 4 C-17s - even though here is only the one white tail left. I don't think even they would stump up the cash to restart the production line, but they have thrown money around in a similar fashion before
The differences between the C17A and the C17ER was the inclusion of a centre wing fuel tank holding 36000 litres. This started to be included from 2001. I am not sure what if any Block differences have been done in the last 10 years but I am assuming that there would be nil or very little between the last one on the line and the last one delivered to the USAF.
As for India getting another 4. Where from. There is no chance of anymore being manufactured, so would be aircraft that the USAF would give up. They ordered 10 with 6 options, receiving this 10 during 2013/2014. In 2012 approval was given to purchase these 6 in the 2017-2022 years. They wouldn't have known then that the line would be closed by then.