Boeing delivered the sixth United Arab Emirates (UAE) C-17 Globemaster III to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence earlier this month at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach.
The delivery completes an agreement announced on January 6, 2010, for six advanced airlifters to modernise the UAE’s transport capabilities. Boeing delivered four C-17s to the UAE in 2011 and a fifth aircraft in May.
“After every delivery, UAE C-17s fly into action, conducting humanitarian airlift and disaster-response missions and lifesaving aeromedical evacuation,” said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Vice President, Airlift, and C-17 programme manager. “We’re proud to deliver another C-17 that strengthens the UAE Air Force and Air Defence’s range and ability to perform critical airlift missions around the globe.”