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Boeing handed over its 8th and last C-17A Globemaster III military airlifter to the RAAF

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Australia
 
 
 
Boeing handed over its 8th and last C-17A Globemaster III military airlifter to the RAAF
 
Boeing handed over its 8th and last C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter to the Royal Australian Air Force on last Friday, September 4th, local media announced. Friday’s delivery comes just five months after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that his government plans to buy two more C-17s as part of his country’s $1 billion investment in the C-17 fleet and upgrades to the fleet’s military base.
     
Boeing handed over its 8th and last C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter to the Royal Australian Air Force on last Friday, September 4th, local media announced. Friday’s delivery comes just five months after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that his government plans to buy two more C-17s as part of his country’s $1 billion investment in the C-17 fleet and upgrades to the fleet’s military base.Boeing delivered the Royal Australian Air Force’s 8th C-17A Globemaster III with a ceremony at the company's Long Beach final assembly facilityon Friday, Sept. 4th
(Credit: Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)
     
As we prepare for the final aircraft to depart the home of the Globemaster, we pause today to reflect on our past but also look to our future,” Abbott said. “While the C-17 production portion of our mission comes to a close, the sustainment and capabilities portion of our mission endures.”


The C-17A fleet has been integral to recent operations including the rapid deployment of Australian forces in support of the Iraq Government , assistance in the Queensland floods, and the recovery of MH17 victims from Eastern Ukraine,” said Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies said last month.

This latest acquisition will bolster our existing fleet of strategic lift aircraft – providing vital heavy airlift support to a range of operations, and increase our capacity to provide swift disaster relief and humanitarian assistance at home and abroad.

Under Plan Jericho, the Air Force is dedicated to developing a networked, future joint force that can respond across the spectrum – from combat to humanitarian support. An additional two C-17A aircraft will help us achieve that,” Air Marshal Davies said.

The C-17A Globemaster is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport. It has three times the carrying capacity of the C-130 Hercules, allowing Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world. It can carry up to 77 tonnes, ranging from an Abrams Tank, four Bushmaster vehicles, three Black Hawk helicopters, or be converted to an aero-medical evacuation capacity.