Indian Air Force flies 1st C-17

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Delhi: The IAF flew its first Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter.

Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport and Helicopters) said that they have looked forward to this day when the Indian Air Force flew the first C-17 to its new home in India. He said that the C-17 would equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world's most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities.

The IAF is on track to receive four more C-17s from Boeing this year and five in 2014. This first aircraft was transferred today after completion of a flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif.

Tommy Dunehew, Boeing vice president of Business Development for Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement congratulated the IAF on this milestone as India joins the worldwide community of C-17 operators. He said that it is for the capability to perform a wide range of operations, from peacekeeping and disaster relief to troop movements from semi-prepared airfields that nations turn to the C-17. He also said that this aircraft would provide the Indian Air Force with the versatility to augment airlift capability.

The IAF C-17 fleet will be supported by Boeing through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics contract. The GISP "virtual fleet" arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers of Boeing access to an extensive support network for worldwide parts availability and economies of scale.

Boeing has now delivered 254 C-17s, including 222 to the U.S. Air Force and a total of 32 C-17s to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.