The new transport aircraft made its debut with a test flight at the Hindon base in Uttar Pradesh. The C-17 Globalmaster is capable of landing on forward short runways, especially along the India-China border.
“The C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft will change the way we deploy forces in the North and North East,” claimed Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne.
Boeing has previously delivered 256 C-17s, including 222 to the US Air Force and a total of 34 to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Indian Air Force already operates six C-130Js and is planning to induct six more. It also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory.