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Canada officially has plans to purchase a fifth Boeing C-17 strategic airlifter, a move that will extend the overall service life of the fleet by at least seven years.
The announcement was made on 19 December by Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that the C-17 fleet has revolutionised the way that Canadian forces operate,” Nicholson says. “Without these aircraft, we would be force to contract airlift services or hitch rides with our allies. Instead we are in a position to help our allies when required.”
It is understood that several countries, including some oil rich Middle Eastern nations, have expressed strong interest in purchasing the last of what is fast becoming a legend of the skies.
“Australia has requested pricing information but no order has been received,” a well-placed industry source said.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
...and PDM required every five years (a five month process)...
originally posted by: RossWellOldMexico
If the late PM John Diefenbaker didn't kill the Avro Arrow program in the early 60's, Canada would never have to rely on U.S./Boeing for air military technology.
Canada would like have been the world leader in jet manufacturing and we'd still have our Healthcare.