Indian Air Force gets the first C-17 transport aircraft
Flown by an Indian crew, the first Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport jet is now on its way to India. Following a ceremony at Long Beach, California, the aircraft—the largest ever operated by the IAF—will make several stops before landing on the morning of June 17 at Hindon on Delhi’s outskirts, where it will share squadron space with the 77 Veiled Vipers C-130J squadron.
“The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world’s most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities,” said Air Vice Marshal S.R.K. Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport and Helicopters). Boeing is on schedule to deliver four more aircraft in 2013 and the remaining next year. “Congratulations to the Indian Air Force on this milestone as India joins the worldwide community of C-17 operators,” said Tommy Dunehew, Boeing Vice President of Business Development for Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement. “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.”
C-17s have flown in India on several occasions. Apart from transit and field evaluation trials, C-17s have flown in India for joint exercises and for display duties at the Aero India show.