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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

The C-17 is made by a US company, Boeing. The A-400 is not. KC-10 is long out of production. Every aircraft in the history of ever had growing pains. If we bailed at the first "problem", ...
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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

This answer covers some significant differences in the aircraft. The key difference there is maximum cargo weight. The A-400M has a maximum cargo of 81,600 lb. The C-17 has a maximum cargo of 175,000 ...
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Image recognition in air to air missiles

It is used by modern missiles. Military isn't the birthplace for every tech, but they've been working on image recognition long before the general public heard the term "image recognition". ...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

The E-2 Hawkeye is a carrier based aircraft that fills that role for the US Navy. It is an older airframe, but very capable, and a replacement is in work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Image recognition in air to air missiles

Modern missiles are using computer vision or image processing technology. Obviously, for this to work you need an image, which is typically provided by an image-generating IR-sensor (note that this ...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

Seaplanes need extensive support infrastructure, and are hard to operate in all but the smoothest of sea states. They're also hell to maintain because of the salt water corrosion affecting everything (...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

Because we are no longer in the age of battleships. In the age of battleships, your major firepower came directly from ships (big guns), and those ships would have benefited greatly from AWACS or ...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

There is also a political element to this question. If a nation has no political desire to use force away from their own territory, they can simply use land based aircraft operating from their own ...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

Most of the current AWACS models are either based on civilian aircraft (E-3, E-7), or have been adapted to other roles (E-2 -> C-2). The obvious advantages of this is that any R&D costs are ...
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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

The USAF already has a fleet of C-17 aircraft. In FY21 they reported a mission capability rate of 80%. This is higher than the C-130H/J and C-5M which are the other main transport aircraft it operates ...
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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

Just to add something to the other answers. The C-17 has been born as an answer to a Request For Proposal (RFP) from the USAF. "By 1980, the USAF had a large fleet of aging C-141 Starlifter cargo ...
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Why military parachute backpack stays with the aircraft?

It requires a decent amount of skill and training to properly stabilize yourself in freefall. So for ease of training the military employs a static line for airdrops. In many air-drop situations you ...
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Why is the MIG-21 still used in several militaries even though it is so old?

Cost vs need. While it isn't the most modern fighter aircraft in the world, that doesn't mean it's useless. Countries continuing to operate it may find that it is still useful for certain types of ...
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Why use the F-35

As always, with every high performance aircraft in the history of every...growing pains. Problems that will (hopefully/probably) be fixed. The Av-8B is a 50 year old design. Time to upgrade. Given the ...
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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

KC-10 went out of production before the C-17 entered production. It's also a completely different class of aircraft and can't carry the large size loads the C-17 can and land them on unimproved short ...
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