The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible $366.2m foreign military sale (FMS) of C-17 transport aircraft to India.
The Government of India seeks to receive one C-17 transport aircraft with four Turbofan F-117-PW-100 engines as part of the sale, which has been approved by the US State Department.
The sale also covers one AN/AAR-47 missile warning system, one AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system (CMDS), and one AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder.
India has requested precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support and test equipment, and publications and technical documentation. It also seeks warranty, quality assurance, ferry support, US Government and contractor engineering, logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The procurement will allow India to provide more rapid strategic combat airlift capabilities for its armed forces and improve India’s capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements.
The aircraft will be used for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) missions.
Boeing will serve as principal contractor for the sale.
The Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III is a long-haul military transport aircraft that can carry large equipment, supplies, and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world.
The aircraft is equipped with two full-time all-function head-up displays (HUD), four multi-function active matrix liquid crystal displays and digital electronics.
It also features an integrated radio management system with communications system open architecture (COSA).
Image: The Indian Air Force’s C-17 heavy-lift aircraft. Photo: courtesy of the US Air Force by Jet Fabara.