Finally, after long delays and talks, Boeing approved the sale of its last C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force. The aircraft will be delivered to India by August 22, 2019.
The aircraft will be inducted into the 81 Squadron of the Indian Air Force which is based in Hindon Airbase which already operates the C-17 Globemaster.
The initial plan was to procure three C-17 but Boeing stopped the production of the aircraft at its facility in Long Beach, California. However, the American government has only one plane left for sale. India was trying to purchase the last C-17 for a long time and finally this month, Boeing approved it.
India had bought the previous ten aircraft from the American government under a $4.1 billion deal.