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Old 7th Mar 2009, 11:12
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Leasing extra -130Js comes straight from the same mealy-mouthed politcos handbook as the original C17 lease. In effect, Airbus will have lobbied influential European politicians, who in turn lobby our Govt, to make it clear that the "lease" does not impact committment to A400 (as if a major buyer pulls out it could pressage a stampede...); hence we only need to borrow a gap filler, not replace a capability. In addition, the lease has a convenient effect on the Finances. Leased aircraft do not attract cost to capital charges, and the lease rate per annum will be more acceptable than the capital cost of purchase, particularly as the budget is broken over the next 5+ years. So, in politician world, they can brag about increasing AT lift in Theatre, keep within the Defence Budget provision and keep Europhiles and Airbus happy. Oh, and wait to expose the REAL cost of doing this (a la C17) after the next election....
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