India Requests C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft

WASHINGTON: The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notifiedCongress on April 23 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 10BoeingC-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support for an estimated cost of $5.8 billion.

The Government of India (GOI) requests a possible sale of 10 Boeing C-17 GlobemasterIII aircraft, 45 F117-PW-100 engines (40 installed and 5 spareengines), 10 AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing Systems, 10AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, spare and repairs parts, repair andreturn, warranty, pyrotechnics, flares, other explosives, aircraftferry and refueling support, crew armor, mission planning system software, communication equipment and support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
The estimated cost is $5.8 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national securityof the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-India strategicrelationship and to improve the security of an important partner whichcontinues to be an important force for political stability, peace, andeconomic progress in South Asia.
India will likely use these aircraft to replace its aging aircraftand associated supply chain with new and highly reliable aircraft. Theacquisition of these C-17s will not present a new capability for theIndian Air Force,but will offer an increase in airlift capacity, reliability, andsafety. The C-17 will increase the ability of the GOI to mobilizetroops and equipment within the country and will enable India toprovide significantly increased humanitarian assistance and disasterrelief support within the region. Additionally, the C-17s willfacilitate enhanced standardization with the United States. India willhave no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be The Boeing Company in Long Beach,California, and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines in East Hartford,Connecticut. Additional subcontractors may be needed depending on theexact nature of the contracting arrangements established. At this time,there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with thispotential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the participationof up to 20 U.S. Government and 20 contractor representatives forannual program management and technical reviews in India or the U.S. for one week per review for approximately six years.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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