Delhi, 10 May 2010
reported that the US Defense
Security Cooperation Agency informed the US Congress of a
possible Foreign Military Sale to India
of 10 Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft
and associated equipment, spare parts, and logistical support at an
estimated cost of $5.8 billion (Rs 25,000 crores).
IAF may use these aircraft to replace its aging fleet of IL-76
aircraft and associated infrastructure with these highly reliable
aircraft. The acquisition of C-17s will increase the airlift
capacity, reliability, and safety of the IAF
Government of India (GOI) requested a possible sale of 10 Boeing
C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft, 45 F117-PW-100 engines (40 installed
and 5 spare engines), 10 AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing
Systems, 10 AN/AAR-47Missile Warning Systems, spare and repairs
parts, repair and return, warranty, pyrotechnics, flares, other
explosives, aircraft ferry and refueling support, crew armor,
mission planning system software, communication equipment and
support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and
technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical,
engineering, and logistics support services, and other related
elements of logistics support.
estimated cost is $5.8 billion.
proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national
security of the United States by helping to strengthen the
U.S.-India strategic relationship and to improve the security of an
important partner which continues to be an important force for
political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.
will likely use these aircraft to replace its aging aircraft and
associated supply chain with new and highly reliable aircraft. The
acquisition of these C-17s will not present a new capability for the
Indian Air Force, but will offer an increase in airlift capacity,
reliability, and safety.
C-17 will increase the ability of the GOI to mobilize troops and
equipment within the country and will enable India to provide
significantly increased humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
support within the region. Additionally, the C-17s will facilitate
enhanced standardization with the United States. India will have no
difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces."