CC-177 Globemaster procurement project

Project summary

The Government of Canada has procured five CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft. In 2014, the cost of the project was estimated at $1.946 billion for the aircraft, spare engines, ancillary equipment, specialized systems, project costs including initial logistic support, and contingency for exchange rate fluctuation. The estimate for 20 years of in-service support from 2010 to 2030 is $2.036 billion and $1.8 billion for personnel, operations and maintenance for 20 years.

The CC-177 Globemaster III can rapidly transport oversized cargo over long distances between continents. The aircraft can operate from remote, unpaved runways. In most cases, it does not need any ground equipment for short-term operations from these remote locations.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 5: Close-out

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • May 19, 2006
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • June 2006
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • June 2006
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Initial contract award (Aircraft 701, 702, 703 & 704): February 1, 2007
  • Revised Project Approval Implementation: December 11, 2014
  • Contract amendment (Aircraft 705): December 19, 2014
  • Last delivery (Aircraft 705): March 31, 2014
  • Initial Operational Capability (Aircraft 705): March 31, 2015
  • Full Operational Capability: September 11, 2015
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • Effective Project Closure: Second Quarter, 2016
  • Full Project Closure: 2021

Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

September 11, 2015
Full Operational Capability achieved.

April 2015
The CC-177 has played an integral role in ferrying supplies and troops to Kuwait to establish and resupply the Canadian camp through Op IMPACT. Canada also provided a CC-177 aircraft (as well as a CC-130J) to transport military supplies donated by allies to security forces in Iraq through Op IMPACT. A Canadian CC-177 delivered the Disaster Assistance Response Team and much needed supplies and evacuated Canadians, Americans, Nepalese, and British citizens after a devastating earthquake in Nepal.

March 30, 2015
The fifth CC-177 arrives in Trenton and achieves Initial Operational Capability, on time and on budget.

December 19, 2014
Contract amendment for the fifth CC-177 is signed.

The second, third and fourth aircraft are delivered.

August 8, 2007
The first CC-177 Globemaster is delivered.

June 22, 2006
The Government of Canada approves the purchase of four CC-177 Globemaster aircraft.

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Industrial and regional benefits:

C17 Strategic Airlift—Acquisition

C17 Strategic Airlift—Maintenance


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Technical information

Technical information

CC-177 Globemaster technical specifications

  • Length: 53.04 metres
  • Height: 16.79 metres
  • Wingspan: 51.74 metres
  • Empty weight: 125,645 kilograms
  • Maximum gross weight: 265,350 kilograms
  • Maximum payload: 72,727 kilograms
  • Cruise speed: 906 – 942 kilometres per hour
  • Maximum usable fuel: 82,125 kilograms
  • Crew: 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster
  • Passengers: 90 - 100
  • Years procured: 2007-2015
  • Number of aircraft: 5
  • Location: 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario
  • Manufacturer: Boeing
Project costs

Project costs

The cost of the project is:

  • $1.8 billion for the aircraft, spare engines, ancillary equipment, specialized systems, project costs and contingency for exchange rate fluctuation
  • $2 billion for 35 years of integrated in-service support, originally estimated at covering 20 years
  • $1.1 billion for personnel, operations and maintenance for 20 years
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