India Requests C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft

WASHINGTON: The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified
Congress on April 23 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 10
BoeingC-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support for an estimated cost of $5.8 billion.

The Government of India (GOI) requests a possible sale of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster
III aircraft, 45 F117-PW-100 engines (40 installed and 5 spare
engines), 10 AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing Systems, 10
AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, spare and repairs parts, repair and
return, warranty, pyrotechnics, flares, other explosives, aircraft
ferry and refueling support, crew armor, mission planning system software, communication equipment and support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The estimated cost is $5.8 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-India strategic
relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which
continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and
economic progress in South Asia.

India will likely use these aircraft to replace its aging aircraft
and associated supply chain with new and highly reliable aircraft. The
acquisition of these C-17s will not present a new capability for the
Indian Air Force,
but will offer an increase in airlift capacity, reliability, and
safety. The C-17 will increase the ability of the GOI to mobilize
troops and equipment within the country and will enable India to
provide significantly increased humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief support within the region. Additionally, the C-17s will
facilitate enhanced standardization with the United States. India will
have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be The Boeing Company in Long Beach,
California, and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines in East Hartford,
Connecticut. Additional subcontractors may be needed depending on the
exact nature of the contracting arrangements established. At this time,
there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this
potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the participation
of up to 20 U.S. Government and 20 contractor representatives for
annual program management and technical reviews in India or the U.S. for one week per review for approximately six years.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.


This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

  • Anonymous

    India should not trust the U.S. because Australia got a cheaper quote.Also India did well to go for the Euro fighter.