Indian Air Force receives first C-17 aircraft
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has flown its first C-17 Globemaster III to India following the on-schedule completion of the flight test programme by Boeing at Edwards Air Force Base.
Boeing said it is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and will deliver another five in 2014.
India now joins the air forces of the US, Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK as the newest operator of the C-17. Like the aircraft of those nations, Boeing will support the IAF fleet through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics contract. The GISP virtual fleet arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers access to an extensive support network for worldwide parts availability and economies of scale.
Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport and Helicopters), said: ‘The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world's most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities. We have looked forward to this day when our Indian Air Force flies the first C-17 to its new home in India.’
Tommy Dunehew, Boeing vice president of Business Development for Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement, added: ‘Congratulations to the Indian Air Force on this milestone as India joins the worldwide community of C-17 operators. Nations turn to the C-17 for the capability to perform a wide range of operations, from peacekeeping and disaster relief to troop movements from semi-prepared airfields. This aircraft will provide the Indian Air Force with the versatility to augment airlift capability.’
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