Saturday, May 14, 2011

C-17s heading for timeline extension?

Neelam Mathews
May 13, 2011
Time- 6:40pm IST

Even as India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) expected to meet on April 28 to clear the around $5.5billion order for ten C-17s was put on hold as a result of elections in Kerala, requiring urgent attention of Defense Minister A.K Antony, Aerospace Diary learns the price bid for the deal expires on May 15.

It is not clear whether the extension will be given or the government will find time to meet before the expiry date.

The IAF is also planning to place orders for additional aircraft.

Recently the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense received a brand new C-17 Globemaster III from Boeing's C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach.

The military transport aircraft is the first of six ordered by the UAE.

The C-17s are to expand the UAEs ability to perform humanitarian and strategic-lift missions.

The C-17 can transport large payloads and land on short, rough runways. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 ft or less.

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