LONG BEACH, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- The first of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs built for India was flying to India on Tuesday following completion of a flight test program that began in January.
"The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with ... the world's most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities," said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations. "We have looked forward to this day when our Indian air force flies the first C-17 to its new home in India."
Boeing said four more Globemaster IIIs will be delivered to Indian authorities later this year and five more next year.
"Congratulations to the Indian air force on this milestone as India joins the worldwide community of C-17 operators," said Tommy Dunehew, Boeing vice president of Business Development for Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement. "Nations turn to the C-17 for the capability to perform a wide range of operations, from peacekeeping and disaster relief to troop movements from semi-prepared airfields. This aircraft will provide the Indian Air Force with the versatility to augment airlift capability."
India's C-17 fleet will be supported by Boeing through its Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics contract.