The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of C-17 sustainment follow-on support for an estimated cost of $670 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 26.
The Government of India has requested to buy equipment for C-17 follow-on support, to include spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; support and test equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
India needs this follow-on support to maintain its operational readiness and ability to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) assistance in the region. The prime contractor for the follow-on support will be the Boeing Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.
In February 2011, India signed a S$4.1 billion contract to procure ten C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters from Boeing with an option for six more. The ten aircraft currently form the backbone of IAF’s heavy airlift wing and are operated by No. 81 Squadron “Skylords” based at Hindon Air Force Station near New Delhi.
In April last year, Boeing was awarded a contract action to supply one additional C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter to the IAF. The IAF’s original plan was to buy six more C-17s but this option was no longer available as the C-17 production ended in 2015 with only one aircraft available for sale.