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Encyclopedia > Strategic airlift

Strategic airlift is a military term for using cargo aircraft to transport matériel, weaponry, or personnel over long distances. Typically, this involves airlifting the required items between two airbases which are not in the same vicinity. This allows commanders to bring items into a combat theater from a point on the other side of the planet, if necessary. Aircraft which perform this role are considered strategic airlifters. This contrasts with tactical airlifters, such as the C-130 Hercules and Airbus A400M, which can normally only move supplies within a given theater of operations. A cargo aircraft, also alternately known as a transport aircraft, is an aircraft dedicated to handling transport of materials and oversized loads. ... Matériel (from the French for equipment or hardware, related to the word material) is a term used in English to refer to the equipment and supplies in military and commercial supply chain management. ... A weapon is a tool used to kill or incapacitate a person or animal, or destroy a military target. ... Human Resources has at least two meanings depending on context. ... In logistics and military terminology: An airlift is the act of transporting people or cargo from point to point using aircraft. ... Commander is a military rank used in many navies but not generally in armies or air forces. ... Tactical airlift is a military term for the airborne transportation of supplies and equipment within a theatre of operations (in contrast to strategic airlift). ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and United Kingdom military forces. ... Airbus S.A.S. is a commercial aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France. ... The Airbus A400M (M for military) is a four engine turboprop aircraft designed by Airbus Military to meet the demand of European nations for a new military cargo aircraft. ... In warfare, a theater or theatre is normally used to define a specific geographic area within which armed conflict occurs. ...

Examples of strategic airlifters include:

  • Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
  • Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
  • Ilyushin Il-76 'Candid'
  • Antonov An-124 'Condor'
  • Antonov An-225 'Cossack'
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The United States has by far the greatest strategic airlift capacity of any nation in the world, and this is one of the main pillars of its global military superiority. Lockheed/BAE/Northrop F-35 Lockheed Trident missile C-130 Hercules; in production since the 1950s, now as the C-130J Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an aerospace manufacturer formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. ... The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter is a military strategic airlifter in service with the US Air Force. ... The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft in the world. ... Ilyushin (Russian: Илью́шин) is a Russian (formerly Soviet) aircraft manufacturer (design office prefix Il), founded by Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin. ... An Il-76 serving Aeroflot The Ilyushin Il-76, NATO codename Candid, is a 4-engined heavy transport aircraft in widespread use in eastern Europe and Africa. ... Antonov An-2. ... Russian An-124 in Volga-Dnepr service. ... An-225 carrying a Buran shuttle The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Антонов Ан-225 Мрия, NATO reporting name: Cossack) is a strategic airlift transport airplane that was built by Antonov (ASTC). ... Categories: Stub | Defence companies | Boeing | U.S. aircraft manufacturers ... The C-17 Globemaster III is a strategic airlifter manufactured by Boeing IDS, used by the United States Air Force and the Royal Air Force. ...

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