The U.S. government is under considerable pressure from Australia and Qatar to close the deal for the last unsold C-17 Globemaster III military transport jet built by Boeing Co before production was halted, even though India already has conveyed to the US government its intent to buy it, delays in final agreement with India is allowing other prospective buyers to build pressure .

IAF operates 10 C-17 Globemaster III and wanted to procure 3 more when Boeing Co decided to halt the production after orders dried up from United States Air Force after 2013. Boeing Co then decided to produce 10 more C-17 for export customers which were later picked up Kuwait, Australia and Qatar.

After repeated delays, US Government has agreed to extend the validity of its offer for few for months to India after its early offer expired recently. According to media reports, US Government has conveyed to Indian Government that this will be the last extension of the offer or else it will be sold to next prospective buyer.

Boeing at its Long Beach plant assembled 279 C-17 and the last C-17 to the U.S. Air Force was delivered in 2013.and the last C-17 left Long Beach plant at end of 2015.


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