Afghanistan – Aussie C-17 delivers the goods in Afghanistan


Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft are used by Australian forces in the Middle East Area of Operations for heavy lift capability including the movement of combat vehicles in and out of theatres of operation as well as large freight items.

C-17 Globemaster aircraft An American K-Loader helps to unload large freight
A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster on approach to Multinational Base Tarin Kowt.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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An American K-Loader helps to unload large freight items from the Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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The C-17 has a short take-off and landing capability that is well suited to the environmental demands of Afghanistan where dirt runways such as the one at the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt are common. On 28 May a RAAF C-17 delivered two recently refurbished Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) to the 1st Mentoring Task Force based in Tarin Kowt. A number of large freight items were also delivered on the day with the American K-Loader getting a solid workout. The K-Loader is the American version of the Australian TASLU platform.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia