Australia’s defense minister, Stephen Smith, has stated publicly thatsays the government has made a formal decision to buy a fifth Boeing C-17. “We will acquire another C-17 heavy-lift plane and we will do that as quickly as we can,” the minister told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Australia already has four C-17s, one of which is now in Japan. Smith says Australia and the U.S. are the only two foreign countries with military aircraft in Japan at the moment. “We’ve been using the ...


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