The C-17A Globemaster III provides a logistics backbone for Australian Defence Force operations. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.
Australia introduced an initial fleet of four C-17As between 2006 and 2008. Additional aircraft were acquired in 2011, 2012, and 2015.
Based at RAAF Base Amberley, all eight C-17As are operated by No. 36 Squadron. C-17As have supported personnel on deployments, and been an integral part of disaster relief and humanitarian missions.
The C-17A Globemaster is a high-wing, four-engine heavy transport aircraft. It is fitted with a cargo bay ramp that allows it to airdrop cargo in-flight, and can operate from unsurfaced runways as short as 3500 feet. It can also be converted to a medical rescue aircraft.
Able to carry up to 77 tonnes of cargo, the C-17A's cargo bay can accommodate loads ranging from:
- an Abrams Tank
- four Bushmaster vehicles
- three Black Hawk helicopters.
|Weight||128 tonnes (empty); 265 tonnes (maximum take off weight)|
|Engines||Four Pratt & Whitney F-117-PW-100 turbofans|
|Thrust||40,440lb force each|
|Range||10,390 kilometres with paratroopers|
|Max speed||Mach 0.74 (829km/h)|