11th C-17 for India

11th C-17 for India 29 August, 2019

India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.


The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated by the IAF's 81 'Sky Lords' Squadron from Hindon AFS. The previous platforms had been ordered in 2001 for US4.1 billion under the US Foreign Military Sales Programme. Senior IAF officers said the airlifter can transport 74 tonnes of cargo or 150 fully equipped military personnel to a distance of 4,200 km.



11th C-17 for India

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