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IAF wants three more C-17s, Boeing has one left

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: IAF wants three more C-17s, Boeing has one left Reply with quote

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/13750/IAF_Wants_Three_C_17_Globemasters__Boeing_Has_One#.VdGTkUnD-M8

IAF Wants Three C-17 Globemasters, Boeing Has One

August 17, 2015

The Indian Air Force’ (IAF) plans to acquire three additional Boeing C-17 transport aircraft may not be possible as Boeing is left with only one aircraft after it sold four of them to Qatar in June.

Boeing has halted the production line after it expressed to shut it down in April three months prior than originally anticipated. Boeing had five C-17 aircraft to sell when the air force first moved the proposal in April.

Qatar signed an agreement with Boeing for the purchase of four additional C-17 Globemaster III airlifters in June. With the signing, Boeing is left with only one aircraft for sale.

“IAF might look at aircraft from the US inventory or retracted orders of a third country which are unlikely. A solution cannot be ruled out, they said, given that the deal is being processed under the Foreign Military Sales pact,” Economic Times news daily quoted unnamed officials as saying Monday.

The IAF C-17 Globemaster has been extensively employed in evacuation and rescue operations ever since India bought 10 of them in 2013. The Globemasters have had 100 or more sorties in the last two-three years saving thousands of lives in Jammu and Kashmir floods, Yemen evacuation and most recently Nepal earthquake relief effort.

Impressed with the cargo carrier’s ability to deliver humanitarian aid and rescue stranded people operations IAF had initiated a proposal to the Indian government to buy additional three Globemasters.

India had an option to buy six additional Globemasters as per the 2011 contract which was worth $4.7 billion.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/14588/India_Still_Hoping_To_Receive_Three_Boeing_C_17s#.VkbAD0ko6M8

India Still Hoping To Receive Three Boeing C-17s

November 13, 2015

The Indian Air Force is hoping to procure three Boeing C-17 aircraft it had cleared for purchase since August this year.

An IAF source told defenseworld.net correspondent that the plan to procure three aircraft for which an INR 8100 crore (US$ 1.2 billion) funding had been proposed, was on but it was not clear when the force would receive them.

A Boeing representative said that only one was available for sale as all the remaining C-17s had been taken up by other customers. The production line of the C-17 has since been shut.

India has acquired 10 C-17s and finds them immensely useful in transporting military cargo and in humanitarian operations. It had subsequently mooted a proposal to acquire six additional aircraft but the government okayed only three but that too seems doubtful given that nine out of 10 available for sale at the time Boeing decided to shut C-17 production last year have been committed elsewhere.

While India was still considering additional orders for the C-17, Kuwait picked up two, Australia two, Canada one and Qatar four of the last 10 available. Industry sources said that unless there are order cancellations or the US governments accommodates India from the US Air Force inventory, chances of receiving the three C-17s is bleak.

India’s defence acquisition council (DAC) which gives the final go-ahead for procurement projects has not yet cleared the additional three C-17 acquisition. This is indicative of the fact that the purchase may not happen in the near future, said an industry source.

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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/iaf-buy-last-us-c-17-aircraft-left/1/838640.html

IAF to buy last US C-17 aircraft left

December 20, 2016

Unable to process its request in time to buy three C-17 Globemaster heavylift transport aircraft from the US, the Air Force is now moving a proposal to buy the only remaining aircraft in the American inventory for over Rs 2,500 crore before the Defence Ministry.

Originally, the Air Force wanted to buy three C-17 planes from the US, which has stopped the production of these planes at its facility in Long Beach, California but the American government was left only with one plane for sale.

"We will now buy whatever we can and are planning to buy the single aircraft left with the US. In this regard, we are planning to move our proposal in a key Defence Ministry meeting planned to be held this month," a senior IAF source told Mail Today here.

The aircraft would help the Air Force expand its inventory of 10 C-17 Globemaster heavylift transport aircraft which has been used by the force to carry out several major operations including airlift of new currency notes after the demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The price of the single aircraft would be more than Rs2,500 crore and would be delivered in couple of years after the contract is signed between India and the US under a Foreign Military Sales route contract.
India had bought the previous 10 aircraft from the American government under a $4.1 billion (Rs2,780 crore approx) deal and all of them are deployed at its Hindon air force base near here.

With additional three aircraft, the IAF wanted to enhance its capability to airlift men and material during times of crisis as it did during the earthquake in Nepal and natural disasters in eastern parts of the country.

Apart from the natural disasters, the aircraft have also provided the capability to the air force to directly airlift tanks and infantry combat vehicles from the plains to high mountainous areas of Ladakh on the border with China. The plane can also airlift around 300 fullygeared troops for operations and can fly from country's northernmost airfield in Leh to southernmost runway in Andaman and Nicobar island territory directly and provides capability of fast deployment of troops from one place to the other.

In a presentation given to the Prime Minister on the requirements of the Air Force last year, the Air Force had pressed upon the need for more such aircraft due to their utility and performance in operations. However, owing to certain infrastructure issues, the fleet of American planes is yet to be fully utilised and this was also pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General in one of its recent reports.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hard to believe Boeing would stop their production... have they planned its replacement... hard to believe that need does not exist for such an aircraft

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.janes.com/article/71834/india-to-receive-final-white-tail-c-17

India to receive final 'white-tail' C-17

28 June 2017

The announcement on 26 June that India is to receive another Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter has brought to an end a two-year effort to sign up a customer for the last aircraft to roll off the now-closed production line at Long Beach, California.

The US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the State Department has approved the sale to India of the final C-17 for USD336.2 million. The proposed deal, which still needs to be approved by Congress, covers equipment as well as sustainment and support in addition to the aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) already fields 10 C-17s that are flown by 81 Squadron out of Hindon Air Force Station, near Delhi.

As with all the other operators of the C-17, the IAF's fleet is supported by Boeing via its Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) performance-based logistics contract. This 'virtual fleet' enables international customers to tap into the US Air Force's (USAF's) vast support infrastructure. It is likely that a large percentage of the value of this proposed Indian sale is related to the aircraft's through-life sustainment and support through the GISP programme.

In 2016, an official from the USAF Air War College in Alabama said there was "a fight going on between the Qataris, the Indians, and the Australians to get the last C-17", which it appears the Indians have now won.

Boeing built a total of 275 C-17s at its Long Beach facility from 1991 to 2015. This run spanned 222 aircraft for the USAF (one of which was lost in an accident); 11 for India (including this latest aircraft); eight for Australia; eight for Qatar; eight for the United Arab Emirates (UAE); eight for the United Kingdom; five for Canada; three for NATO and the Partnership for Peace nations; and two for Kuwait.

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