A US Air Force C 130J crashed in Afghanistan killiing six service personnel and five civilians | The plane went down shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad airport within its periphery | Indian Navy Commissions INS Kochi Sep 30 | NASA confirms flowing water on Mars | NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has found liquid, salty water on Martian surface | Significantly, first indications of water there were given by India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) | US supports India's candidature for UNSC seat | Prime Minister Modi thanked President Obama for supporting India's candidature | India signs deal with Boeing for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters | A separate deal with US Government for onboard sensors and weapons also signed Sep 28 | India urges UN to define terrorism immediately | UN must ensure collective action, says Prime Minister Modi | There cannot be any good terrorism, he said while addressing a large gathering in San Jose | Air India will start thrice weekly service between New Delhi and San Francisco | The flight, announced by Modi, will start operation Dec 2 | India Launches Astrosat, its first Space Observatory | It will observe the universe through sophisticated electro-optics, UV and X Ray sensors | Astrosat weighs 1513 kg, and should have a life of 5 years | So far, US, Russia, Japan and Europe have space observatories | Astrosat, and 6 other satellites, fired into space by India's time-tested PSLV rocket | IAF to test-fly supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from October | IAF's Su 30s will carry single missiles, each weighing 2400 kg | Aircraft can launch missiles from 1000 ft to 45000 ft, extending range from heights | Army and Navy BrahMos weigh 3000 kg in standard configuration |

Boeing, United Arab Emirates Announce Order for 6 C-17s

  Published :January 2010

ST. LOUIS. Boeing and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence have announced that the UAE has signed a contract for the acquisition of six Boeing C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters.


"The C-17 will give the UAE the ability to perform a variety of humanitarian and strategic lift operations around the world in support of both national and international missions," said Major General Staff Pilot Faris Mohamed Al Mazrouei. "These missions require us to be ready for any contingency at any time and any place, and the C-17 meets our requirements."

Under the agreement, announced Jan 6, the UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two in 2012. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

The UAE is the second Middle East nation after Qatar to order this big four-engine airlifter.

"Boeing is pleased that the UAE Air Force has selected the C-17 to meet its airlift requirements for the 21st century," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president, Global Mobility Systems. "The C-17 consistently posts mission capability rates that are among the best in the world, earning it high marks for its industry-leading quality and reliability."

Boeing will provide support for the UAE C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, an agreement under which Boeing is responsible for all C-17 sustainment activities, including material management and depot maintenance support.

"As a tactical and strategic airlifter, the C-17 is a perfect fit for the requirements of the United Arab Emirates Air Force," said Tommy Dunehew, Boeing Global Mobility Systems vice president of Business Development. "In addition to being able to land and take off on short, unimproved runways, it has the highest mission capability rate of any airlifter."

The C-17 can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances directly to small austere airfields anywhere in the world. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, the C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 feet or less.

There are currently 212 C-17s in service worldwide -- 19 with international customers. The U.S. Air Force, including active Guard and Reserve units, has 193. International customers include Qatar, the UK Royal Air Force, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

In New Delhi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal P V Naik had earlier told India Strategic that the Indian Air Force (IAF) was also interested in buying 10 C 17s for operational and disaster relief roles.

  © India Strategic  
Top Stories
Chief of Army Staff Visits 5/5 GR (FF) Marking Platinum Jubilee
Indian Navy First Training Squadron Visits Seychelles
Rashtriya Rifles Marks Silver Jubilee
Indian Navy Commissions INS Kochi, a Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer
NASA, Boeing Extend International Space Station Contract
Indian Army Northern Command Holds Flight Safety Conference
Spanish Minister of State for Defence Calls on RRM
Royal Australian Air Force Airbus A330 MRTT refuels F-35 fighter
Modi in US; India signs $3.1 b Apache, Chinook contracts with Boeing, USG
Indian Army Corps of Artillery marks 188th Gunners Day
India launches Multi Wavelength Space Observatory ASTROSAT
INS Trikand Visits Toulon, France
Boeing, US Air Force KC-46A Tanker Completes Successful First Flight
IAF Su-30 MKIs to Become More Lethal
India's Mars Mission (MOM) Marks a Year in Orbit
Boeing Hosts China President Xi Jinping, Announces Airplane Sales
Parrikar asks DRDO to focus on Core Defence Technology
12 Scientists Conferred DRDO Awards for 2014
India Clears Deals to Buy Boeing’s Apache, Chinook Helicopters
IAF Chief Inaugurates EMI-EMC Testing, NFTR at BEL
 Home | Contact Us| In the Press| Links| Downloads
© 2008-14, India Strategic. All rights reserved.