Britain To Acquire Another C-17 Globemaster

  • 12:00 AM, February 9, 2012
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While speaking to the House of Commons today, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the MOD is set to order an additional C-17 Globemaster, thus increasing the total number in the RAF's fleet to eight. Citing better finances and savings as the reason for the addition, "This aircraft is becoming an absolutely brilliant workhorse for the RAF in terms of bringing men and material into a war zone like Afghanistan, but also evacuating civilians in times of need,” he said. The latest acquisition, is currently being built by Boeing in the U.S., will cost £200m and is due to come off the production line next month. It is then expected to enter service with the RAF in July 2012 when it will help support the airbridge which transports Armed Forces personnel and equipment between the UK and Afghanistan.