According to several Indian news sources, the country is eying seven extra C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft on top of ten aircraft already ordered. Only last month, the Indian Air Force introduced the first of its C-17s into service.
Indian Air Force Chief Marshal NAK Browne is quoted as saying the air force wants to add seven more C-17 heavy-lift aircraft to its fleet. He is also confirmed again an additional six C-130J Hercules aircraft are on the wishlist, as AIRheads↑Fly reported on September 16th.
But there’s even more: “Also in the pipeline is the procurement of 45 Medium Transport Aircraft, presently, under joint development between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Russia,” he said in an interview with Defence Ministry’s Sainik Samachar magazine.
The words of the Air Chief mean good news for Boeing. The company has seen the end of production of C-17s closing in several times. The US Air Force is the biggest customer for the C-17, but recently the final US-example was delivered to the 437th AW at Charleston AFB.
Boeing disclosed then that it will build 15 extra C-17s, but did not a customer for those aircraft. The seven extra Indian aircraft may well be among those 15 extra C-17s to be produced at the Boeing plant in Long Beach.
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