SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted the first three C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter nearly 10 years ago in 2013 and plans are being worked out to carry out a moderate upgrade with Boeing Indian and Boeing Defence that will enhance its airlift capability.
Negotiations for the upgrade of the capabilities of its C-17 Globemaster aircraft will see a contract that might see modernized software and hardware component upgrade to the entire fleet.
Other upgrades that might be planned at a later stage will see increasing the current free-fall parachuting capability and updating the satellite-enabled communication equipment on the entire fleet.
Indian Air Force operates 11 C-17 Globemaster aircraft in its fleet, 10 were ordered in a 24000 crore deal and the fleet has maintained a near 100% service availability record in the last 10 years of its operation with the IAF. IAF had plans to procure 2 more C-17s aircraft but due to the closure of the production line by Boeing, plans to add 2 more C-17s remained unfulfilled.
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