Heavy lift capabilities of IAF
As India is already being described as regional power with strategic interests beyond its shores and having ambitious plans to upgrade its expeditionary capabilities, the Indian government has decided to equip the IAF with latest and most capable airlift capabilities. After the arrival of ten C-17 Globemaster aircraft, the government has cleared four more, while the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Ministry of Defence has accepted the IAF proposal to import 16 Chinook heavy airlift helicopters.
The C-17s have already proved their worth during the recent effort to bring back Indian citizens in distress in the neighboring and distant countries. The C-17s proved handy in rescuing the earthquake affected millions of people in Nepal and thus exhibited to the world that India’s neighborhood can depend on Indian military capabilities during humanitarian crises. This is the soft power of Indian military, which has impressed the governments in the region and added prestige to the country.
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