Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
C-17A Globemaster III

The C-17A Globemaster III provides Air Force with an unprecedented capacity for strategic air lift. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

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.

Based at RAAF Base Amberley, the six C-17As provided the backbone of the air link for Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan. Capable of landing on dirt strips as short as 3,500 feet, it carried supplies and personnel between Australia and the Middle East.

The Australian Government is considering the purchase of two additional C-17As, with a further two aircraft to be considered by the force structure review.

In addition to supporting personnel on deployments, Air Force C-17As have been an integral part of disaster relief and humanitarian missions. Recent activities have included Operation QUEENSLAND FLOOD ASSIST, Operation CHRISTCHURCH ASSIST, Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST, Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN, Operation BRING THEM HOME and Operation OKRA.

Manufacturer Boeing
Role Strategic airlift and heavy multi-role transport
Crew Pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster
Engine Four Pratt and Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans (40,440 lbs thrust each)
Airframe Length: 53 m, height: 16.8 m
Wingspan 51.8 m
Max Weight 265,352 kg
Cruise Speed 830 km/h
Ceiling 45,000 feet
Range 10,389km (carrying 18,143 kg payload)
Capacity

Depending on configuration:

  • 102 troops;
  • 54 ambulatory and 36 stretcher patients; or
  • 77,519 kg of cargo