Indian Air Force receives sixth C-17 Globemaster III
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received its sixth C-17 Globemaster III on July 28. On its arrival, the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visited the Airbase and familiarised himself with the aircraft. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha conducted the minister through the aircraft and briefed him on the strategic capability and role of the aircraft. The Defence minister was also given a detailed brief by the Commanding Officer Group Captain B.S. Reddy.
The government accorded approval to buy 10 C-17 Globemaster III along with associated equipment for the IAF in June 2011. The first of the 10 aircraft touched down in India on 18th June 2013 and the delivery of all 10 is expected to be completed by December 2014. This aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance (about 75 tonnes) and would augment the strategic reach (about 4,500 km) of the nation during operations, disaster relief or any similar mission.