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July 25, 2014

IAF to induct 6th C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft


The IAF will induct its sixth C-17 Globemaster heavy lift transport aircraft on Monday at the Palam air base here in the presence of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. India had signed a deal for ten such aircraft with the US through foreign military sale route and five aircraft have already joined the fleet. 
The contract is worth over Rs 24,000 crore. This aircraft can carry 70 tonnes of load besides more than 200 troops and can land at unmetalled air strips in remote areas including high altitude sectors of Ladakh.  Incidentally, this aircraft due to arrive here on Saturday is carrying a World War two vintage fighter plane Harvard from London. The IAF in 2008 was given the go-ahead to resurrect vintage aircraft and a British firm was awarded the contract for making these planes airworthy like Tiger Moth, Wapiti, Lysander, Tempest and Spitfire and Hurricane.  A Tiger Moth plane is now part of IAF’s ceremonial aerial displays.

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force will induct its sixth C-17 Globemasterheavylift transport aircraft on Monday at the Palam air base here.

India had signed a deal for procuring 10 C-17 aircraft from the US under a deal worth around Rs 24,000 crore for augmenting its capability to supply loads and troops to the border areas.

The sixth aircraft would be inducted in presence of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, IAF officials said.

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