Increased Air Power for the Royal Canadian Air Force – Fifth CC-177 Globemaster to Increase RCAF Airlift Capability

Ottawa – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, announced today that the Royal Canadian Air Force will acquire a fifth aircraft to augment the current CC-177 Globemaster fleet.

The additional CC-177 will improve the Canadian Armed Forces’ response capability to both domestic and international emergencies and provide support to a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support and combat. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces have the equipment they need to carry out their missions around the world.

Quick Facts

  • The additional Globemaster will ease the burden on the current fleet and extend the life expectancy of the entire fleet by about seven and a half years.
  • With the purchase of an additional aircraft, the RCAF is projected to have at least three CC-177 aircraft available more than 90 per cent of the time to respond to concurrent international or domestic crises. This represents an increase of approximately 25 per cent.
  • The current fleet of CC-177s have been playing an integral role in ferrying supplies and troops to Kuwait to establish and resupply the Canadian camp through Operation IMPACT. It has also delivered essential armaments and materiel to CF-18s deployed in Lithuania in support of NATO as part of Op REASSURANCE and the international response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • The CC-177s have also been used domestically to provide support to Operation Nanook where they transported both equipment and personnel in Canada’s largest arctic sovereignty operation, and on Operation Boxtop, where they provide a critical lifeline and resupplies on a semi-annual basis Canadian Forces Station Alert.
  • Canada’s defence sector will continue to benefit from the purchase of the fifth C-17 through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy. Boeing’s value proposition includes strong commitments in areas such as supplier development and research and technological development to improve the competitiveness of Canada’s defence sector.
  • Using existing defence budgets, the acquisition project cost is estimated at $415 million, in addition to 12 years of integrated in-service support valued at $30 million.


“Our Government has made the rebuilding of Canada’s defence capability a cornerstone of our policy agenda at a time when the world remains volatile and unpredictable. Having a fifth C-17 will significantly augment the flexibility of the Canadian Armed Forces’ strategic airlift, allowing our men and women in uniform to respond quickly when and where necessary.” – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence

“Our Government continues to proudly provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need to do their jobs we ask of them while leveraging military purchases, like this one, to generate economic benefits for companies right here in Canada.” – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

“The CC-177 fleet has proven to be an extremely effective fleet, one which enables large numbers of simultaneous operations even on short notice. Canada’s addition of a fifth aircraft increases the Royal Canadian Air Force’s flexibility and availability to respond to international or domestic crises.” – General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff