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.
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