In­dian Air Force gets the first C-17 trans­port air­craft

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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.

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