The Indian Air Force’ (IAF) plans to acquire three additional Boeing C-17 transport aircraft may not be possible as Boeing is left with only one aircraft after it sold four of them to Qatar in June.
Boeing has halted the production line after it expressed to shut it down in April three months prior than originally anticipated. Boeing had five C-17 aircraft to sell when the air force first moved the proposal in April.
Qatar signed an agreement with Boeing for the purchase of four additional C-17 Globemaster III airlifters in June. With the signing, Boeing is left with only one aircraft for sale.
“IAF might look at aircraft from the US inventory or retracted orders of a third country which are unlikely. A solution cannot be ruled out, they said, given that the deal is being processed under the Foreign Military Sales pact,” Economic Times news daily quoted unnamed officials as saying Monday.
The IAF C-17 Globemaster has been extensively employed in evacuation and rescue operations ever since India bought 10 of them in 2013. The Globemasters have had 100 or more sorties in the last two-three years saving thousands of lives in Jammu and Kashmir floods, Yemen evacuation and most recently Nepal earthquake relief effort.
Impressed with the cargo carrier’s ability to deliver humanitarian aid and rescue stranded people operations IAF had initiated a proposal to the Indian government to buy additional three Globemasters.
India had an option to buy six additional Globemasters as per the 2011 contract which was worth $4.7 billion.
Russian Ilyushin IL-96 and Lockheed Martin C-6 Galaxy are other options for buying for IAF in case it is not able to acquire the Globemasters.
Boeing has delivered its seventh C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), strengthening its military, humanitarian and disaster relief support capabilities. The arrival of the new aircraft at RAAF Base in Australia marks the fastest C-17A delivery to the RAAF fleet as it is delivered after three months it was ordered from the United States, the company announced Wednesday
Indonesian Air Force is planning to replace its C-130 Hercules aircraft with either Airbus A400M or Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. The Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told ANTARA News Tuesday "We have conducted a study to replace C-130 Hercules aircraft with the new ones either from France, the US, or Russia, but the replacement depends on the government"
Boeing announced Monday that Qatar has signed an agreement with it for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF) existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements
Even as Boeing is eyeing to end production of C-17 Globemaster and close its final assembly line three months prior than originally anticipated, Indian Air Force has pressed for additional three such heavy lift aircraft. The Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster has been extensively employed in evacuation and rescue operations ever since India bought 10 of them in 2013
Boeing has been awarded a $7.1 billion modification to an earlier contract for C-17 sustainment due to increase in fleet and number operating bases
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India for Boeing C-17 transport aircraft for $366.2 million
India plans to acquire 10 additional C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft to add to its fleet of six planes acquired from Boeing over the past few years. "The request for acquiring 10 additional Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft is being processed
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