Pentagon today approved the sale of the last remaining C17 to India, bringing total number of aircrafts in IAF inventory to 11.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release:
“The Government of India has requested the possible sale of one (1) C-17 transport aircraft with four (4) Turbofan F-117-PW-100 engines. The sale would also include one (1) AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System, one (1) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System (CMDS), one (1) AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder, precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, warranty, Quality Assurance, ferry support, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $366.2 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-India relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for economic progress and stability in South Asia“
India wanted to get all three last remaining C17, but delay in taking action resulted in only being available to the country after the production closed.
C17 have already boosted the strategic airlifting capabilities of IAF and have been deployed in HAR missions in Nepal, Sri Lanka etc.
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