The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has received an additional CC-177 Globemaster military transport aircraft during a ceremony at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, Canada.
The aircraft carries tail number 705. It augments the RCAF’s current fleet of four CC-177 Globemaster IIIs operated by 429 Transport Squadron, and will extend the life expectancy of the entire fleet by approximately seven and a half years.
In particular, the new aircraft is anticipated to increase the RCAF’s flexibility to respond to both domestic and international emergencies and support a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support, and combat.
Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "Our five CC-177 Globemasters give Canada a huge advantage in projecting our presence around the world.
"In the past, Canada was completely dependent on other countries for strategic airlift capability.
"Now we can move personnel and equipment around the globe in short order. This is essential for our ability to respond quickly to urgent military and humanitarian missions."
Royal Canadian Air Force commander lieutenant general Yvan Blondin said: "With the arrival of our new Globemaster, we will be more agile, more flexible, and better able to respond when the government of Canada calls on the RCAF."
The new aircraft will also ensure that the RCAF has at least three Globemasters available more than 90% of the time to respond to concurrent international or domestic crises, an overall increase of around 25%.
The total cost for the procurement of aircraft, spare engine, ancillary equipment, specialised systems, and contingency for exchange rate fluctuation is $415m, while an additional $30m would be spent on 12 years of integrated in-service support.
Delivery of the RCAF’s Globemaster fleet took place between 2007 and 2008. Since then, it has ferried supplies and troops to establish and resupply the Canadian camp in Kuwait during Operation Impact, and also delivered essential materiel to CF-188 Hornet crews deployed in support of Nato reassurance measures in Europe.
In addition, the Boeing-built airlifters are used to support more than 75 missions to Canada’s North to deliver 1.5 million litres of fuel, seven million pounds of equipment and 3,120 soldiers to locations such as Alert, Iqaluit and Resolute Bay in Nunavut.
Image: Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney and RCAF commander lieutenant-general Yvan Blondin witnessed the inaugural landing of fifth CC-177 Globemaster III at 8 Wing Trenton, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.