LONDON — The Australian government expects its plans to field a sixth Boeing C-17 will double the number of operational airlifters available for overseas duty to four from two. Australia had long been planning to commit to a sixth C-17, and Defense Minister Stephen Smith formalized those plans on March 19, noting that the aircraft will arrive next year. In announcing the procurement plan, the Australian defense department notes “a sixth C-17 will give the government increased options to ...


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