The Boeing Company has reached an agreement with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to provide logistics support services for Australia's C-17 fleet. Australia is buying four Globemaster III aircraft with the first delivery planned for December. Under the $80.7 million contract, Boeing will manage spare parts for the Australian fleet.

The RAAF will be responsible for flight line maintenance, with Boeing performing heavier, depot-level maintenance. By joining the global C-17 support network, Australia will take advantage of the economy of scale for the purchase of spare parts and materials for a fleet of nearly 200 aircraft compared to a fleet of four. Support Systems, a business of Integrated Defense Systems, also will provide technical support, engineering services, engine maintenance and management for the RAAF anywhere the aircraft are based.

The contract to maintain the Australian C-17s mirrors Boeing's agreement with the United Kingdom. Denmark recently signed a letter of intent to join a team of NATO nations that will share a pool of C-17s. The Canadian Department of National Defence in early July said it intends to acquire four C-17s.