Europe Takes Lead In Military Transport/Tanker Market

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 30, 2013

With Airbus beginning deliveries of Europe's A400M in 2013, Brazil's Embraer scheduled to fly the KC-390 in 2014 and Boeing ending C-17 production in 2015, the center of gravity of the military airlifter market has begun to move away from the U.S.

Lockheed Martin continues to build the C-130J tactical airlifter and Boeing is developing the KC-46A tanker/transport for the U.S. Air Force, but aircraft available from foreign suppliers now range from light tactical transports to strategic airlifters and tankers. China, India and Russia also are developing aircraft that could enter the international marketplace later this decade.

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