Australia is considering acquisition of a fifth Boeing C-17 Globemaster airlifter instead of two Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules that it has been planning to buy. In language that suggests Australia has almost made its mind up on the extra C-17, Defense Minister Stephen Smith cites Australia’s great satisfaction with the performance of the four of the aircraft that it bought last decade. They “have delivered excellent service and have provided [the defense department’s] first true ...

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