Indian Air Force received its sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft by Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at the Palam Airbase in New Delhi.
The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the Indian Air Force (IAF) with its payload carriage and performance about 75 tonnes. It would also augment the strategic reach of the nation during operations to about 4500 kms during disaster relief and other similar missions.
The first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft was received by India on 18 June 2013 at Hindon Airbase in Uttar Pradesh in India.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft is a 4-engine, high wing, T-tailed military transport aircraft. C-17 is the biggest aircraft in Indian Air Force inventory and is capable of carrying large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields, day and night, across the world. It has delivered cargo during worldwide operations, since 1990s.
Indian Air Force signed a 4.1 billion US dollar deal with Boeing to get 10 C-17 Aircraft in June 2011. The deal was signed after conducting a thorough study of its capabilities of being operational under all conditions and abilities to take-off from short runways with heavy loads.