Friday, January 25, 2013

First Indian C-17 transport aircraft delivered for flight testing

The first of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft has been delivered as scheduled and will now undergo flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

India signed a $1.8 billion Foreign Military Sales contract on June 15, 2012 with the United States for the delivery of 10 C-17 aircraft. India had previously purchased 6 Lockheed Martin C-130J turboprop transport aircraft.

Four more of the heavy transport C-17 aircraft will be delivered to the Indian Air Force in 2013, with the remaining 5 aircraft due in 2014.

Boeing has delivered 250 C-17 aircraft, 218 to the United States and the remaining 32 to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace.

Crew: 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster
Capacity: 158 troops, a M1 Abrams tank, three Strykers, or six M1117 vehicles
Payload: 77519 kg of cargo distributed at max over 18 463L master pallets Length: 53 m
Wingspan: 51.75 m
Height: 16.8 m
Empty weight: 128100 kg 
Max. takeoff weight: 265350 kg
Powerplant: 4 Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans, 180 kN each
Fuel capacity: 134556 L
Cruise speed: Mach 0.76 (830 km/h)
Range: 4482 km, 10390 km with paratroops
Service ceiling: 13716 m
Takeoff run at MTOW: 2316 m
Landing distance: 1060 m


  1. India should buy the chinese y 20. it has better spec than c 17

  2. I think the Y-20 has decent prospects and better hits the sweet spot on the export market, but it's too early to tell.

    It's bigger than the Airbus A400M and smaller than the Boeing C-17, while also more modern than the upgraded IL-476.

    But not to India. As long as the Y-20 is Chinese, there can be no Y-20.