India’s debutant C-17 reaches home

Apologies for the lack of action on The DEW Line while the Paris air show was in full swing last week. Our three-strong defence team, like the rest of the Flightglobal/Flight Daily News staff, worked some crazy hours in some of the worst weather conditions we’ve ever encountered in Le Bourget, and unfortunately blogging wasn’t possible. You can catch up with the best of the action on our show landing page, and via our FG Club.

One piece of world news that we didn’t get a chance to cover was the arrival in India of the nation’s first Boeing C-17 strategic transport. The Indian air force image below shows aircraft CB-8001 arriving at Hindon air base following a transfer from Edwards AFB in California.

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By the end of 2014, India will have the second largest fleet of C-17s, with all 10 on-order examples scheduled to be in use. It also has an option to increase that standing (which is currently held by the UK Royal Air Force, with eight) with a further six. New Delhi is pursuing a serious expansion of its air transport capability, with six Lockheed Martin C-130Js already in use and a planned buy of six Airbus Military A330 multi-role tanker/transports expected to be cleared by year-end.


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