Defence Announces Intentions to Purchase Additional US C-17 at Prestigious Avalon Air Show
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (News4us.com) March 01, 2011
In what is being described as an extremely important part of the Aviation, Aerospace, Defence and Air Force calendar. Australia’s biggest Air Show ‘Avalon’ took off in full swing for 2011 with an amazing stock of high tech aircraft on display and in the air.
Over 200,000 people are expected to visit the Air Show with more than 100 aircraft on display over the week, running from the 1st – 6th of March in Avalon, Geelong, Victoria.
This year’s Avalon Air Show marks a dual celebration with the Royal Australian Air Force’s 90th birthday celebrations attracting even bigger crowds and aircraft including the Australian Super Hornet and the American F-22 Raptor.
High Ranking Defence Members were present at the launch including Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare MP, who was joined by the Chief of Air Force, Mark Binskin.
Both had recently returned from the prior night’s engagement at the Chief of Air Force Symposium, held at the National Gallery of Victoria where Minister of Defence, Stephen Smith MP along with other dignitaries including themselves addressed the attendees.
Mr Clare MP announced during the Air Show that the United States has been approached by Australian Defence to purchase a further C-17 Aircraft under the US foreign defence sales regime.
Australia currently owns 24 C-130s, both the H and J varieties, and four C-17s. Mr Clare went on to say ‘Both aircraft have proved themselves time and again in not just military and combat situations, but in humanitarian relief efforts,” such as Australia had experienced in the recent past and the ongoing crisis in Christchurch.
The C-17s are used to lift heavy cargo and can fly longer distances, compared to the C-130s. The cost of a C-17 is in the hundreds of millions with the last four purchased by Australian Defence costing $2 billion.
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