RAF To Sell-Off Its BAe 146 Military Transports That Also Cart Around the Royals
The planes can take off and land in short distances and on rough airstrips, making them unique military transports beyond flying around VIPs.
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September 16, 2019 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
The U.K. Royal Air Force is looking to sell off its four BAe 146 jet transports. Two of these are presently configured specifically for VIP missions, including flying around members of the country's Royal Family, as well as senior government and military officials, while the remaining pair are set up as small airlifters.
Over the years, the four-engine jet aircraft, which have excellent short takeoff and landing capabilities and rough field performance, have flown missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.
Jane's 360 was first to report on potential sale after noticing the U.K.'s Defense Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) had included the aircraft in a brochure at the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), which opened on Sept. 10, 2019, and closes today.
The RAF's No. 32 Squadron, "The Royal," operates both the VIP versions, known to the service as BAe 146 CC.2s, as well as the BAe 146 C.3 transport variants.
In recent years, the RAF has looked to divest a number of aircraft, including C-130J Hercules and its R.1 Sentinel (make from Bombardier Global aircraft) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, as part of efforts to draw down and consolidate its forces after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and...
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