Verified Defense Pro
I put the B777-200 article there just for comments. Bear in mind that the current government has started like for like wrt the FAMC project. IF the NZG decided to go down the road of the B777-200, it MAY opt for a combi option like it did with the B757-200 Combi. The other point to consider is that the NZG is the majority shareholder (52%) in Air NZ and has just extended it a NZ$900 million loan, so it may see it in its best interest for the 4 B777-200 to be sold to the NZMOD. We just don't know at the moment.As you pointed out earlier in the thread the life of the A400M production is by no means certain (sadly a case of a great idea poorly executed aided by German duplicity, just like with the Tornado).
I don't believe that the idea of taking over AirNZ 777-200ER as the replacement for the 757-200 Combi will be viable. Does NZDF require a 312 seat strategic lift capability? An indication would be how often the 757-200s are tasked (fulfilled and unfulfilled requests). The other question is whether the LD containers (LD3/4/6/7/11/26) and PLA pallets on the lower deck will meet the NZDF strategic cargo requirements? If the strategic lift requirement needed the upper deck converted to a cargo configuration then that would suggest the aircraft are being converted to a dedicated freighter configuration (with the large upper deck cargo door and no windows).
Perhaps the KHI C-2 production line will still be running in 2025-2027 in which case that may be the only option.
The FAMC project team will recommend a particular solution to Cabinet, but in the end it will be a Cabinet decision based on politics.