The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) plans to purchase an additional C-17A Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft from the US, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith has said.

Australia has already issued a letter of request to the US regarding the potential purchase through the US foreign military sales programme.

The present RAAF C-17A fleet comprises four aircraft, received between 2006 and 2008, which are providing the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with global airlift capability.

In addition, the RAAF C-17A fleet has supported Australian and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

“Acquisition of an additional C-17 would almost certainly obviate any need for the acquisition of two additional C-130J-30 aircraft,” Smith added.

Following receipt of cost and availability information from the US, Australia will make a decision about the proposed purchase.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.