Australia and US enter into C-17A service arrangement
Australia and the US have agreed on a cross-servicing arrangement for the repair and maintenance of the Boeing C-17A Globemaster strategic transport.
Under the Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Service Implementing Arrangement (ARMS-IA) agreement, personnel from the US Air Force (USAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) can carry out maintenance on each other’s aircraft, which will offer flexibility in the support of the two C-17A fleets.
‘Our C-17A workforce regularly shares a tarmac with American C-17As, whether we are on exercise at home, or deployed across the globe,’ Air Vice-Marshal Steve Roberton, Air Commander Australia, said. ‘Whilst a USAF C-17A is no different from a RAAF C-17A, our air forces have different maintenance workforce structures, which is what makes an arrangement like this essential.’
ARMS-IA follows on from C-17A maintenance integration activities that were carried out in 2017 under the so-called Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) programme.
EAC involved C-17A technicians from both countries gaining a better understanding of the maintenance practices of their counterparts.
‘This arrangement focuses on the C-17A workforce, but will ultimately benefit the organisations deployed across the globe who rely on a C-17A to sustain them,’ Roberton added.
A similar arrangement between the two nations for the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transport is underway, while integration activities for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and F-35A Joint Strike Fighter are also planned.
More from Military Logistics
Rolls-Royce gains major deal to support T-45 Goshawk engine
New contract to support the Ardour turbofan is worth more than $1 billion.
Brazil receives first A330 for multi-role operations
A pair of A330s will be converted by Airbus for aerial refuelling, logistical support, humanitarian aid, and medical evacuations.
General Dynamics NASSCO to build three more US Navy replenishment vessels
The latest $1.4 billion contract modification for General Dynamics NASSCO covers a new Expeditionary Sea Base ship and two more John Lewis-class fleet oilers.
Australia onshores Super Hornet and Growler maintenance elements
New MRO contract between Boeing Defence Australia and RUAG Australia replaces work previously done in the US.
SEA to extend NSIPS to Queen Elizabeth-class carriers and Type 45 destroyers
A systems integration contract for UK RN submarines is being extended to major surface vessels.
USN exercises option for two more Navajo-class rescue and salvage ships
Austal USA is to build two additional Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue ships for the USN, after Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) exercised a $156.17 …