C-17A Maintenance Facility

Providing the Royal Australia Air Force with unprecedented strategic airlift capability, C-17A Globemaster III aircraft provide critical logistical support for Australian Defence operations around the world.

Challenge

RAAF Amberley is home to the Australian Air Force’s entire fleet of C-17As and Defence has identified the need for new facilities and infrastructure to better support aircraft maintenance and operational capability.

With C-17A maintenance currently conducted either on the RAAF Base Amberley flight line or its KC-30A Maintenance Hangar, the project will provide a dedicated hangar that is purpose-built for the aircraft, along with a new aircraft parking apron, multiple workshops and support areas.

The new maintenance hangar incorporates a telescopic docking system - a first for Australian aircraft maintenance. The flexible, unfixed machinery will not only help the RAAF to maintain the C-17s with ease and can be used to maintain most types of Defence aircraft.

C-17A aircraft undergoing maintenance at RAAF Amberley

Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

Solution

Drawing on our many years of experience contributing technical expertise and managing Defence projects all over Australia, RPS was engaged as the lead project manager for this $219 million program of works.

With complex technical, engineering and security requirements for the upgrade along with other works happening on base at the same time, the program has required expert program directorship and full-time project management support on the ground.

 

 

Project management solutions for the RAAF

  • Globemasters at RAAF Base Amberley

    RPS has supported the development of support infrastructure for Australia's fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

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    C-17A Globemaster aircraft outside new maintenance hangar at RAAF Amberley

    Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

  • C-17A takes off

    RPS has supported the development of support infrastructure for Australia's fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

    02 /05
    C-17A Globemaster aircraft taking off

    Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

  • C-17A Maintenance Hangar at RAAF Amberley

    RPS has supported the development of support infrastructure for Australia's fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

    03 /05
    C-17A aircraft undergoing maintenance at RAAF Amberley

    Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

  • Workers using telescopic docking equipment to service aircraft

    RPS has supported the development of support infrastructure for Australia's fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft

    04 /05
    RAAF maintenance workers use telescopic docking equipment to service C-17A Globemaster aircraft

    Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

  • C-17A fleet

    RPS has supported the development of support infrastructure for Australia's fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

    05 /05
    Australian fleet of C-17A Globemasters

    Image credit: Australian Department of Defence

Project stats

$219 m
Defence aviation infrastructure program
100,000
square metre concrete apron to support eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

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