US Congress approves sale of C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to India

      The US Congress has reportedly approved the sale of C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to India under the foreign military sales programme. According to reports, the Obama Administration had notified the Congress about the sale of Globemaster aircraft to New Delhi and had sought its approval over the deal. " India 's intent to buy ten C-17 Globemaster IIIs has received U.S. congressional approval. New Delhi is now one step closer to acquiring the C-17s," The Daily Times quoted a Boeing official, as saying. The official said that the aircraft would ably suit India 's requirement of both military and humanitarian needs. The C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft. The C-17 was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s. The C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases. It is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions.

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