India has taken delivery of its second Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport. The new aircraft will enter service immediately, says Boeing.

New Delhi will receive three more C-17s this year, followed by five more in 2014, under a 10-aircraft deal signed in 2012.

"C-17s have an important role in supporting unique Indian air force operations in remote locations, such as the Himalayas and desert environments," says Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice-president and C-17 programme manager. "The C-17 provides the versatility to complete any mission, anywhere. We look forward to working with the Indian air force and the US Air Force as we deliver the remainder of India's fleet."

New Delhi received its first C-17 in June 2013. It is also considering the purchase of an additional six C-17s.

Source: Flight International