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U.K. Boosts Airlifter Fleet

Apr. 18, 2013 - 01:58PM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
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LONDON — Britain has added two converted BAE 146-200QC regional jets to the Royal Air Force’s airlifter fleet ahead of the rundown of military personnel and equipment in Afghanistan.

The two aircraft have been converted by BAE Systems from their normal commercial airliner role to a military configuration under a 15.5 million pound ($18.1 million) urgent operational requirement for additional tactical airlift to augment the work of the RAF’s Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft.

The aircraft features a large cargo door allowing the 146-200QC to be configured for passenger or cargo roles.

Modifications to the aircraft include a defensive aids systems, a Successor Identification Friend or Foe systems, and an armored flight deck.

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