The U.S. State Division has made a willpower approving a attainable Overseas Army Sale to the Authorities of the United Arab Emirates of C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment and associated tools for an estimated price of $980.4 million. The Authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested to purchase follow-on sustainment and assist of C-17 fleet to incorporate plane {hardware} and software program modifications and assist; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) software program; categorised software program assist for Digital Warfare (EW) self-protection; engine assist tools; participation within the C-17 Digital Fleet for Whole System Sustainment (TSS) contractor logistics assist and Materials Enchancment Program (MIP).

The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a big navy transport plane that was developed for the US Air Pressure (USAF) from the Eighties to the early Nineties by McDonnell Douglas. The C-17 generally performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo all through the world; further roles embrace medical evacuation and airdrop duties. The transport is in service with the USAF together with air arms of India, the UK, Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and the Europe-based multilateral group Heavy Airlift Wing. The kind performed a key logistical position throughout each Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.


The C-17 Globemaster III is a strategic transport plane, capable of airlift cargo near a battle space. The dimensions and weight of U.S. mechanized firepower and tools have grown in current many years from elevated air mobility necessities, notably for giant or heavy non-palletized outsize cargo. It has a size of 174 ft (53 m) and a wingspan of 169 ft 10 inches (51.77 m),[54] and makes use of about 8% composite supplies, principally in secondary construction and management surfaces. The C-17 is powered by 4 Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, that are primarily based on the business Pratt & Whitney PW2040 used on the Boeing 757. Every engine is rated at 40,400 lbf (180 kN) of thrust. The cargo compartment is 88 ft (27 m) lengthy by 18 ft (5.5 m) vast by 12 ft 4 inches (3.76 m) excessive.

In February 2009, the United Arab Emirates Air Pressure agreed to purchase 4 C-17s. In January 2010, a contract was signed for six C-17s. Deliveries will rapidly ramp up underneath the UAE’s January 2010 manufacturing order for the C-17, with the second plane already having been accomplished and painted. The primary 4 had been accepted by the top of that 12 months, with the remaining two to observe in 2012, in line with Boeing. The corporate will present in-service assist for the fleet through its Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership programme. The UAE will observe regional ally Qatar in introducing the C-17 to operational use. It had additionally deliberate to purchase 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports as a part of its airlift enlargement, however has indefinitely postponed the acquisition to give attention to different tools priorities.