is the organized delivery of supplies or personnel primarily via aircraft. Airlifting consists of two distinct types, strategic and tactical airlifting.
Strategic airlift is the use of cargo aircraft to transport materiel, weaponry, or personnel over long distances. Aircraft which perform this role are considered strategic airlifters. This contrasts with tactical airlifters, such as the C-130 Hercules and Transall C-160.
Tactical airlift is a military term for the airborne transportation of supplies and equipment within a theatre of operations. hese are typically turboprop aircraft, and feature short landing and take-off distances and low-pressure tyres allowing operations from small or poorly-prepared airstrips.
Airlift Aircraft Comparison
|Aircraft||Role||Max. payload||Range (w/max)||Cruise||Ceiling||Price|
|Embraer KC-390||Tactical||52,029 lb (23,600 kg)||2,924 NM (5,417 km)||Mach .70||36,000 ft||$ 50m (est.)|
|/ An-12||Tactical||44,090 lb (20,000 kg)||1,940 NM (3,600 km)||Mach .55||33,000 ft||—|
|C-130J||Tactical||41,790 lb (18,955 kg)||2,380 NM (4,400 km)||Mach .58||33,000 ft||$ 70m (est.)|
|Airbus A400M||Tactical/strategic||81,500 lb (37,000 kg)||1,800 NM (3,300 km)||Mach .72||37,000 ft||€ 100m (est.)|
|Kawasaki C-2||Tactical||82,800 lb (37,600 kg)||3,000 NM (5,600 km)||Mach .80||40,000 ft||—|
|/ Antonov An-70||Tactical/strategic||103,620 lb (47,000 kg)||1,621 NM (3,000 km)||Mach .73||40,000 ft||$ 80m (est.)|
|/ IL-76MF||Strategic/tactical||132,300 lb (60,000 kg)||2,159 NM (4,000 km)||Mach .70||42,700 ft||$ 50m (est.)|
|C-17||Strategic/tactical||170,900 lb (77,520 kg)||2,800 NM (5,200 km)||Mach .77||45,000 ft||$ 202.3m|
|C-5 Galaxy||Strategic||270,000 lb (122,472 kg)||2,400 NM (4,440 km)||Mach .77||34,000 ft||$ 168m|
|// An-124||Strategic||330,000 lb (150,000 kg)||2,900 NM (5,400 km)||Mach .65||35,000 ft||$ 70-100m|
|/ An-225||Strategic||551,000 lb (250,000 kg)||2,159 NM (4,000 km)||Mach .61||33,000 ft||—|