Thursday, November 11, 2010

HEADLINES TODAY: 10 C-17s for Indian Air Force

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

awesome... which year did u visit the factory Mr Aroor?

Anonymous said...

India to buy six more C-17 airlifters from US

Total(16)

http://www.indiastrategic.in/topstories683.htm

Shiv Aroor said...

anon@2.50PM: I visited in mid-2008.

Gautam said...

We need more. And we should have asked for the C-17B version with reinforced landing gear if we were aiming for short-field capability.

Prasun K. Sengupta said...

To Gautam@5.19PM: Total projected reqmt is 24, i.e. one for one replacement of existing IL-76MDs. That works out to 16 already in the bag, with eight more to go in future. Another work now in progress involves the KC-777 MRTT variant of the B.777-200LR, six of which are reqd for the IAF.
The C-17s, like the IL-75MDs, won't be operating in and out of short-fields. That's the job of upgraded An-32B-100s and in future the IL-214 MRTA.