India receives second C-17

July 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- The second of 10 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft ordered by India has been delivered by Boeing and is to immediately enter service.

The delivery of the mission-ready aircraft to the Indian air force was the second in a month and was part of the air force's modernization program.

"C-17s have an important role in supporting unique Indian air force operations in remote locations such as the Himalayas and desert environments," said Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager.

"The C-17 provides the versatility to complete any mission, anywhere. We look forward to working with the Indian air force and the U.S. Air Force as we deliver the remainder of India's fleet."

Boeing said three more Indian air force C-17s are to be delivered this year and the remaining five on order next year. All will be supported by Boeing through a Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics contract.

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