First In­dian C-17 en­ters flight test on sched­ule

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Less than two weeks be­fore Aero In­dia, when the world’s aero­space fo­cus is on In­dia, Boe­ing De­fense de­liv­ered on sched­ule the first of ten C-17 Globe­mas­ter III heavy-lift trans­port air­craft for the In­dian Air Force (IAF) to flight test. The air­craft will now en­ter a US Air Force (USAF) flight test pro­gramme at Ed­wards Air Force Base in Cal­i­for­nia. An­other four C-17s will be de­liv­ered to the IAF this year and the re­main­ing five next year. “The C-17 met the stip­u­lated air­lift re­quire­ments of the IAF when it flew field eval­u­a­tion tri­als in In­dia dur­ing June 2010. It was ex­cit­ing to see the C-17 fly again, this time with IAF mark­ings, as the air­lifter com­pleted its first-flight mile­stone on Jan­uary 11. We look for­ward to the day that the first IAF C-17 flies over In­dia,” said Air Com­modore San­jay Nimesh, Air At­taché at the In­dian Em­bassy in Washington, D.C.

“The C-17’s abil­ity to op­er­ate in ex­tremely hot and cold cli­mates; trans­port large pay­loads across vast ranges; and land on short, aus­tere run­ways makes it ideal for In­dia’s air­lift needs,” said Nan Bouchard, Boe­ing Vice Pres­i­dent and C-17 Pro­gram Man­ager. “We value our con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with In­dia and the US Government and will pro­vide ded­i­cated sup­port as In­dia’s first C-17 en­ters flight test­ing.” The IAF agreed in June 2011 to con­tract for ten C-17s mak­ing In­dia the largest C-17 cus­tomer out­side the United States. A USAF C-17 Globe­mas­ter III is ex­pected to be on flight dis­play at Aero In­dia 2013.

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