Boeing has been contracted to provide logistics support and training simulator maintenance for the UAE's fleet of C-17 Globemaster III.

Valued at $18.7m, the contract requires the company to support motion-based training devices that are used to train aircrews and support personnel for the airlifters in the country.

The latest two-year deal is said to be the first standalone prime contract for Boeing to perform this work.

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Boeing C-17 training programme manager Larry Sisco said: “With this new UAE contract, Boeing will continue training the Emirati C-17 students through each phase of their careers.”

The company said it originally designed and delivered the simulators and has previously supported C-17 training for the UAE.

Additionally, Boeing provides C-17 training to India, the UK and Nato’s Strategic Airlift Capability.

Sisco added: “We help our customers do amazing things by delivering critical training and learning tools, affordably and on time.

“By maintaining our focus on innovation and service, we play a key role in helping the UAE maintain a high mission-readiness rate for its C-17 fleet.”

"By maintaining our focus on innovation and service, we play a key role in helping the UAE maintain a high mission-readiness rate for its C-17 fleet."

To date, Boeing installed 35 C-17 aircrew simulators at training centers around the world, making it the world’s largest fleet of large military aircraft trainers.

The C-17 Globemaster III is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military transport vehicle, which can carry payloads up to 169,000lb.

The aircraft's fully integrated electronic cockpit and advanced cargo system allow a crew of three to operate all systems on any type of mission.

Image: The Weapons Systems Trainer, which trains aircrews in a flight deck that is identical to the real aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.