Kuwait has taken delivery of the first of two Boeing C-17 strategic transport aircraft.
Boeing said the aircraft “will expand the Kuwait air force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief”.
“When this C-17 arrives to deliver humanitarian aid or disaster relief anywhere in the world, people in need will know that the aid came from Kuwait,” says Col Abdullah Al Foudari, the air force’s deputy commander.
Boeing will support the Kuwaiti fleet via its Globemaster III integrated sustainment programme. It has previously signed a letter of intent to also acquire a second example, according to Flight Global.
Kuwait joins the air forces of Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and the USA in operating the C-17, along with a consortium of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.