Boeing Defense, Space, and Security has been awarded a contract action to supply one additional C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The undefinitized contract action, with a not-to-exceed value of $262 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Foreign military sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $2 million are being obligated at the time of award.
This contract provides for delivery of a C-17 aircraft in the India unique configuration. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 22, 2019.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) currently operates 10 C-17 airlifters and form the backbone of its Heavy Air Lift wing. They are based at Hindon Air Force Station near New Delhi and are operated by No. 81 Squadron IAF Skylords.
The original US$4.1 billion contract signed on February 2011 between IAF and Boeing for ten aircraft includes an option for six more. In 2012, the IAF reportedly finalized plans to buy six more C-17s in its five-year plan for 2017–22. However, this option is no longer available since C-17 production ended in 2015 and only one aircraft is for sale.
The sale of the last built C-17 to India was approved by the U.S. State Department in June last year. The approval was also for the sale four F-117-PW-100 turbofan engines, AN/AAR-47 missile warning system, a countermeasures dispensing system and AN/APX-119 identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas.
The C-17 carries forward the name of two previous piston-engined military cargo aircraft, the Douglas C-74 Globemaster and the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II.
The C-17 commonly performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include medical evacuation and airdrop duties.
It was designed to replace the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, and also fulfill some of the duties of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, freeing the C-5 fleet for outsize cargo.
Boeing, which merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997, continued to manufacture C-17s for export customers following the end of deliveries to the U.S. Air Force. The final C-17 was completed at the Long Beach, California plant and flown on 29 November 2015.
Aside from the United States, the C-17 is in service with the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, NATO Heavy Airlift Wing, India, and Kuwait.