Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Indian Air Force - C-17 Globemaster to arrive in 2013

The first of ten C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlifters being built by Boeing for India underwent a major production step with a ceremony at the Boeing facility in Long Beach, California. India is the largest C-17 customer outside the US.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct the first of the 10 C-17 Globemaster-III planes purchased from the US in a $4.1 billion deal in June 2013.

C-17 Globemaster ( Image Courtesy - )

Last year, India became Boeing's largest international customer when the country approved the multi billion deal to purchase 10 C-17s. Those aircraft, to be delivered in 2013 and 2014, are expected to help modernize and replace the country's aging fleet of Russian-built cargo planes.

The C-17s will be used in humanitarian and disaster relief missions. The four-engine planes, at
174 feet long and with a 169.8-foot wingspan, are valued for their cargo capacity, their versatility and their ability to land on remote airfields in rough terrain.

( News Courtesy - )

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