Re-thinking Canada’s C-17 purchase

I’ve no doubt there remain many stalwart Boeing C-17 supporters in Canada, but this disgruntled “taxpayer” at the “Canada and the Boeing C-17” blog makes a compellingly reasonable case that Ottawa wasted its money.


“I am certain that there will be a day, in the not too distant future,when the top brass of the CF will wish that the 4 Billion spent onthese four Boeing C-17s had been spent on something more necessary thanlong range Strategic Transport. I am ready to bet money on it.”

Ouch. That’s the conclusion. Here are some of the reasons.


“Are we going to be continuously flying LAV-IIIsfrom one end of the country to another just to justify owning C-17s?Maybe we will have to pave and extend the runway in Alert so at leastC-17s can perform the bi-annual Boxtop operations? Who knows what theywill come up with?”

Of course, Boeing’s sales case is that the C-17 can perform humanitarian missions. Not just be a purely military asset.


“Although these C-17s have been promoted as useful for natural disasterrelief, in 18 months, they have only been used three times in suchcases, and in all three cases, they performed duties the CC-150 Polaris or civilian-chartered aircraft could have done for much less money.”

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5 Responses to Re-thinking Canada’s C-17 purchase

  1. Royce 17 November, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    If Canada is going to deploy forces abroad, doesn’t it need transports to move equipment and supplies? If civilian transports were interchangeable with military transports there would be no military transport market.

  2. alloycowboy 17 November, 2008 at 10:41 pm #

    Yes the C-17 purchase was expensive.
    But it sure nice to be able to load those four C-17’s up at moments notice and fly to any where it the world at moments notice. The C-17’s are also crucial for Canada in maintaining her artic sovereignty. The C-17′s give Canada punch, as we can now hit anyone hard and fast before they even see us coming. A lot more of a deterrent then a ICMB that will never be launched!

  3. Jimmy 18 November, 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    Or, Canada can lease its C-17s to SALIS or other pooled operators. Thus getting a return on the underutilized asset.

  4. name 18 June, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Where it is possible to buy the,

  5. barry martin 26 November, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    canada should just buy what the u.s. airforce has then lease the aircraft back from them or just share lease?? contracts between boeing and canada have a lot of pork inside them for political friends in canada—used tanks for more than new tanks, helicopter contracts that are cancelled ” at big bucks”then renegotiated to fit in the present friends–the list goes on and on. the canadian taxpayer has been ripped off by its own politicos for generations—nothing surprises me any longer. iceman p.s they even paid the brits 1 billion for 4 old wore out diesel subs!!

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