All you need to know about the C-17 Globemaster aircraft being deployed for evacuation of Indians in Ukraine

Mar 2, 2022

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed C-17 Globemaster aircraft under...

...Operation Ganga to bring back the Indians stuck in Ukraine.

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Early morning on Wednesday, the tenth evacuation aircraft from India left for Romania.

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The C-17 aircraft is reportedly the most capable aircraft for flying long distances with around 400 passengers

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This aircraft previously also helped in evacuating Indians from Kabul during Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan.

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The IAF currently owns 11 C-17 Globemaster aircraft and has become the biggest operator...

...of this aircraft in the world after the United States, reportedly.

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The IAF had bought the C-17 aircraft in 2009 for its requirement...

...of “Very Heavy Lift Transport Aircraft,” as per the reports.

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India had signed a $4.1 billion dollar contract with the US-based aerospace company Boeing in 2009.

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The first C-17 aircraft was inducted into India’s Air Force in 2013.

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Features of the aircraft

Boeing says it can take off from a 7,600-ft airfield, carry a payload of 160,000 pounds, fly 2,400 nautical miles, refuel while in flight and land in 3,000 ft. or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night.

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Which other countries own this aircraft?

Besides India and the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates own eight C-17 aircrafts, followed by Canada (5), and Kuwait (2).

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