Boeing has integrated the
forward, centre and aft fuselages and the wing assembly of India's first C-17
Globemaster III during the airlifter's "major join" ceremony.
Embassy, senior Indian Air Force and local elected officials drove ceremonial rivets into the aircraft as they celebrated the achievement of this key program milestone.
India's Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the US government on June, 2011, to acquire 10 C-17 airlifters, making India the largest C-17 customer outside the US.
Those governments finalised the Foreign Military Sales contract for the airframe alone on June 6.
"The defence relationship between India and the United States is an important dimension of our strategic partnership," Ambassador N. Parthasarathi, Consul General of India, San Francisco said.
"This is a proud day for the highly skilled Boeing workforce and our newest customer to celebrate a major production milestone," said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Airlift vice president and C-17 program manager.
"We are preparing for India’s first C-17 to enter flight test on schedule early next year, and we look forward to providing for India's current and future needs and continuing to support C-17s long after they are delivered," Ciesla added.
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