LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates' air force received its third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter at the company's final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif.
"We selected the C-17 Globemaster III for the versatility and reliability the aircraft brings to our mission," said United Arab Emirates air force and air defense officer commanding Col. Pilot Humaid Al Mansoori.
"The first two C-17s delivered to the U.A.E. air force and air defense have been flying around the world in support of humanitarian missions. The fleet's newest airlifter is a welcome addition so that we can continue to be ready for any contingency, anywhere and anytime."
The Emirates' air force and air defense accepted delivery of its first C-17 in May. Boeing is contracted to deliver a fourth C-17 to the United Arab Emirates this year and two more next year.
The C-17 can transport large payloads across vast ranges without refueling and operate in extremely hot and cold climates, making it the optimum choice for meeting the United Arab Emirates' strategic and tactical airlift requirements.
With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles on versatile missions, including brigade airdrop and medical evacuation. It also can land on runways of 3,000 feet or less and land on austere airfields.
As a member of the worldwide C-17 "virtual fleet," the Emirates' C-17s are supported through the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership.