Royal Air Force gets fifth C-17
06 Aug 2006
The Royal Air Force will get a fifth C-17 transport aircraft to be delivered in 2008, in a deal announced on August 4th by Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Tom Watson.
The deal, signed by the Ministry of Defence and Boeing, will increase the size of the RAF’s C-17 fleet from four to five. The C-17 can carry outsized loads of equipment, such as armoured vehicles, logistics equipment and helicopters, and allows UK Armed Forces to be deployed rapidly around the world.
Tom Watson also announced that the RAF will purchase the four aircraft it currently leases at the end of the current contract with Boeing in 2008. This will give the RAF a guaranteed long term capacity in this area and significantly improve its heavy airlift capability.
- UK Ministry of Defence