India Seeks Final C-17

The Indian Government is seeking to purchase the final unsold C-17A Globemaster III from Boeing, according to local media sources.

The Indian Air Force had a requirement for up to three more Globemasters, but was not able to progress its request through the Indian Government acquisition process while aircraft were available and is instead pursuing the final aircraft. Ten C-17As, delivered between mid-2013 and the end of 2014, serve with No.81 Squadron ‘Skylords’ at Air Force Station Hindon, on the outskirts of Delhi.

An unnamed Indian Air Force source told India’s Mail Today on December 20: “We will now buy whatever we can and are planning to buy the single aircraft left with the United States. In this regard, we are planning to move our proposal in a key Ministry of Defence meeting planned to be held this month.”

Boeing built ten C-17s using its own funds at the end of the production run and has managed to sell nine of them. The final aircraft, the 279th C-17A Globemaster III built, was ferried to San Antonio in Texas after the production line in Long Beach closed and is currently held in storage.

Nigel Pittaway