Military Logistics

5th C-17 delivered to UAE Air Force and Air Defence

23rd May 2012 - 13:52 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing has announced that it delivered the fifth C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence earlier this month. The UAE accepted delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and has one more airlifter on order for delivery later this year.

The UAE is Boeing's sixth international C-17 customer. The first C-17 was delivered on 10 May, 2011, and according to the company, the UAE Air Force and Air Defence C-17 fleet has amassed more than 2,000 flight hours and carried more than 3,000 passengers and nearly 4 million pounds of cargo since that time.

As a part of the worldwide C-17 virtual fleet, UAE C-17s are supported through the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), a Performance-Based Logistics agreement. The GISP arrangement provides the highest airlift mission-capable rate at one of the lowest costs per flying hour.

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