Boeing Defence Australia has secured a contract to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of eight C-17A Globemaster aircraft.
Valued at A$70m, the Australian C-17 sustainment services contract was awarded in support of the RAAF’s heavy airlift capability.
The scope of the contract includes management of services, provision of integration, engineering, and maintenance in support of the fleet of transport aircraft.
The contract has an initial five-year term with options to extend it until the retirement of the aircraft based at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, Australia.
Australia Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The RAAF C-17A provides a nimble fleet of transport aircraft, which have the ability to land on some of the harshest airfields in the world.
“The arrangements to maintain the C-17A aircraft have been in place since 2006 when the first C-17A was delivered to Australia, however, as the size of the fleet has since doubled to eight, this new arrangement will create new jobs in Queensland.
"The new arrangement replaces some elements of the existing sustainment arrangements with the US Government, while keeping Australia in the global supply system for C-17.
“This contract rationalises Australian unique support services and ensures a cost effective, flexible and modern sustainment management arrangement both now and into the future.”
The deal, which will come into effect in October this year, is expected to create 12 new jobs.
The four-engine, T-tailed military transport aircraft can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world, Boeing stated.
It is equipped with two full-time all-function head-up displays (HUD), four multi-function active matrix liquid crystal displays, and digital electronics.
It also has an integrated radio management system with communications system open architecture (COSA) and quadruple-redundant electronic flight control with a mechanical backup system.
Image: Boeing awarded C-17 Globemaster sustainment services contract. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.