The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started a proposal to purchase three more C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US. The cost would be approximately INR 8,700 crore.
The Air Force is impressed by this large aircraft's utility and usage like the present evacuation process that is going on in Nepal.
The Indian Air Force had already ordered 10 C-17 aircrafts back in 2011. Now, they are looking forward to add three more to their fleet.
Since the production line of the C-17 is closed in the US, they have just five aircrafts for sale currently, and the Indian Air Force is pushing hard to buy three of them.
According to the USD 4.7 billion deal in 2011, India had an option to purchase 6 additional aircrafts, over the 10 that were ordered. But funding issues has minimised the requirement to just three.
Manohar Parrikar, the head of Defence Acquisition Committee will have to approve this proposal.