Boeing and United Arab Emirates announce order for 6 C-17s
Boeing and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence today announced that the UAE has signed a contract for the acquisition of six Boeing C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters. The UAE, which announced in 2009 that it would modernize its airlift capabilities with the C-17, is the second Middle East nation to order the airlifter.
"The C-17 will give the UAE the ability to perform a variety of humanitarian and strategic lift operations around the world in support of both national and international missions," said Major General Staff Pilot Faris Mohamed Al Mazrouei. "These missions require us to be ready for any contingency at any time and any place, and the C-17 meets our requirements."
Under the agreement, the UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two in 2012. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
"Boeing is pleased that the UAE Air Force has selected the C-17 to meet its airlift requirements for the 21st century," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president, Global Mobility Systems. "The C-17 consistently posts mission capability rates that are among the best in the world, earning it high marks for its industry-leading quality and reliability."
Boeing will provide support for the UAE C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, an agreement under which Boeing is responsible for all C-17 sustainment activities, including material management and depot maintenance support.
"As a tactical and strategic airlifter, the C-17 is a perfect fit for the requirements of the United Arab Emirates Air Force," said Tommy Dunehew, Boeing Global Mobility Systems vice president of Business Development. "In addition to being able to land and take off on short, unimproved runways, it has the highest mission capability rate of any airlifter."
The C-17 can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances directly to small austere airfields anywhere in the world. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, the C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 feet or less.
There are currently 212 C-17s in service worldwide; 19 with international customers. The US Air Force, including active Guard and Reserve units, has 193. International customers include Qatar, the UK Royal Air Force, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.
QinetiQ has received a £9 million contract extension to cover the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers with the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support ...
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration to support and upgrade military integrated air traffic control (i-ATC) components and integrate a ...
AAR Mobility Systems has received a task order worth $27.5 million from the US Air Force to produce 463L cargo pallets, the company announced on ...
The US Navy’s Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is testing Levitate’s Airframe exoskeleton suits as a way of reducing the risk of injury to the workforce, ...
Boeing announced on 10 December that it will supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s second KC-46 tanker following the exercise of a contract option by ...
Slovakia will purchase 14 US-made F-16 war planes in the NATO member's largest-ever military purchase, the prime minister said on 12 December, dropping his earlier ...