Indian Air Force received its first of the ten Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft from United States on 18 June 2013. The first C-17 Globemaster landed at Hindan Airbase in India. The IAF signed a 4.1 billion US dollar deal with Boeing to get 10 C-17 Aircraft. The deal was signed after conducting a thorough study of its capabilities of being operational under all conditions and abilities to take-off from short runways with heavy loads
The C-17 Globemaster will help in enhancing the operational potential of the Indian Air Force with its payload carriage and performance capabilities. It will also play a major role during the disaster relief and other missions. With the induction C-17 Globemaster, Indian Air Force has successfully met a major milestone in the modernization drive.
Apart from enhancing the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability it would augment the strategic reach across the nation during disaster relief and any similar missions. The induction of C 17 is a major milestone in the modernization drive of the IAF.
Delivery of the C-17 aircraft was accepted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 11 June 2013 at Long Beach, California.
About Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft is a 4-engine, high wing, T-tailed military transport aircraft and is capable of carrying large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields, day and night, anywhere across the world. It has delivered cargo in during worldwide operations, since the 1990s.
Capabilities and Functionality
It is a premier transporter for the military during peacekeeping missions, humanitarian assistance at times of disasters and more because of its abilities of flying long distances across the remotest airfields as well as land-locked regions.
It has the abilities of taking off from 1600 feet airfield and can carry a payload of 160000 pounds. It can fly 24000 nautical miles and can land in paved or unpaved airfield of 3000 feet.