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RCAF receives fifth CC-177 Globemaster

3rd April 2015 - 08:54 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) accepted delivery of its fifth C-17 Globemaster aircraft on 30 March.

The new C-17, or CC-177 in Canadian service, will augment the current fleet of Globemasters operated by 429 Squadron and based at 8 Wing Trenton and extend the fleet's life expectancy by around seven and a half years.

According to the air froce the aircraft increases its flexibility to support various missions, including combat, peace support and humanitarian assistance. It allows the RCAF to have at least three CC-177 aircraft available more than 90% of the time to respond to international or domestic crises. This represents a 25% increase in availability.

The acquisition cost is estimated at C$415 million, including the cost of purchase for the aircraft, spare engine, ancillary equipment, specialised systems, project costs and contingency for exchange rate fluctuation. The cost for 12-years of integrated in-service support for the additional aircraft is estimated at C$30 million.

Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, 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.'

Lt Gen Yvan Blondin, Commander, RCAF, said: 'We've chalked up enormous successes with our first four Globemasters. 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.'

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