RAAF C-17A Globemaster III team visits India


The Indian and Australian air forces have shared their expertise on C-17A Globemaster III military transport aircraft.

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III and crew have recently visited their Indian Air Force (IAF) counterparts.

During the visit held from 12 to 16 June, a series of briefings and presentations on each nation’s respective Globemaster capability were conducted at the Indian Air Force Stations Hindon and Agra.

RAAF Officer Commanding No 86 Wing leader of the Australian contingent Group captain Adam Williams said: “We were fortunate to experience an IAF mission to Leh in the Himalayas, which is 3,200m above sea level.

“The lower air pressure at these higher altitudes affects the aircraft’s performance significantly during landing and take-off.”

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to see how the IAF operates into airfields at such elevated environments and will apply their experience to how we fly the Globemaster.”

"We’re grateful for the opportunity to see how the IAF operates into airfields at such elevated environments and will apply their experience to how we fly the Globemaster."

The RAAF contingent explained how it conducts ultra-long-range missions using Globemaster and air-to-air refuelling between the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and the C-17A.

Australia operates a fleet of eight C-17As from RAAF Base Amberley west of Brisbane, while IAF has a fleet of ten C-17As.

To date, India and Australia have used the Globemaster to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

In February 2016, an IAF Globemaster visited RAAF Base Amberley en route to provide humanitarian supplies to Fiji, in the wake of Cyclone Winston.


Image: A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III (foreground) with an Indian Air Force Il-76 Midas tanker transport (background). Photo: courtesy of the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.