Boeing said three months after contract signature, it had achieved all initial activities to establish a local, cost-effective and flexible sustainment management program.
The RAAF’s first C-17 arrived in 2006 and the fleet now stands at eight aircraft, which have played a critical role in the Australian Defence Force’s capacity for operational tasks, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in Australia and around the world.
In September, the aircraft’s ability to deliver big cargoes in difficult conditions enabled the RAAF to perform the first air-drop of supplies to researchers at Australia’s remote Antarctic Davis Research Station.
Boeing said the C-17 design, quality and reliability enabled it to carry out these vital missions but Boeing’s local support plays a central role in ensuring availability of the eight aircraft.
"Our Boeing team has been working in close partnership with No. 36 Squadron since the first C-17A aircraft arrived at RAAF Base Amberley in 2006,” said Boeing Defence Australia integrated services and support general manager Murray Brabrook.
“To have stood up a significantly enhanced sustainment capability in such a short period of time is an incredible achievement and a testament to the C-17 team’s complete dedication to supporting our customer’s needs. Boeing is there to support the C-17 fleet 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring Australia can rapidly deploy troops, supplies or equipment at a moment’s notice.”
Boeing Defence Australia was awarded the $70 million Australian C-17 sustainment services contract for an initial five-year term, with options out to the retirement of the aircraft.
It includes management of services, provision of integration, engineering and maintenance. This contract supplements Australia’s membership to the Boeing Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program.